Kalvin Phillips’ rapid rise could bring about a big move next year with Liverpool and Tottenham both keen on the Leeds United midfielder.
The 24-year-old star arrived in the Premier League with Leeds this campaign and has already picked up four England caps in spite of playing just four games in the top flight so far.
England head coach Gareth Southgate is a big fan of the Yorkshireman, while Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa talks in glowing terms of his versatility, able to play in the middle of midfield and defence.
The Sun reports that both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have become very impressed with Kalvin and will monitor him for the rest of the campaign with the intention of making a move next summer.
The England star won’t be a cheap option, especially if Leeds stay in the PL, which looks likely after an impressive start to the term after promotion.
The Leeds academy product would likely cost around £50 million, a fee which could increase still further if a bidding war breaks out between top PL clubs.
Phillips signed a new contract at Leeds previous year, which keeps him at the club until 2024, but his reported salary of £30,000 per week would be significantly improved if he were to move to the likes of the Reds or Spurs.
His international call-up was somewhat unexpected and Kalvin admits he did not see it coming when he got the news. ‘It’s going to be a battle to play for England, I know that,’ Phillips said.
‘To be honest I didn’t think I’d be here. If you’d told me a year ago I’d be here I wouldn’t even think that. ‘It’s healthy for all of us, everyone in the squad, my position or not.
‘There’s a lot of people that want to play for England, we’ve got great players in my role and all I can do is do my best in training, in games and at club level as well.
‘Hopefully that does enough to help me play games and I’ve started reasonably well, so hopefully I can keep that up.’