Dimitar Berbatov has urged Manchester United to sign Kalvin Phillips, claiming he is destined to leave Leeds United “for a bigger club”.
Phillips has been one of England’s standout stars during their run to the Euro 2020 final, playing in all but 25 minutes of their six games so far.
He is widely expected to retain his place in Sunday’s final where he will hope to anchor the Three Lions to their first major crown in 55 years.
His brilliant form for England has come as no surprise to Leeds fans, who have watched the 25-year-old blossom under Marcelo Bielsa.
Phillips himself credits much of his development to the Argentinian, suggesting he has made him fitter, smarter and more tactically astute.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have already agreed a deal to sign England forward Jadon Sancho, but that promises to only be the start of a busy transfer window.
The Red Devils are also set to be in the market for a midfield player this summer, with the likes of Eduardo Camavinga and Declan Rice both linked.
Their need in that area will only increase should Paul Pogba opt to leave Old Trafford and Berbatov believes his old side could do a lot worse than turning to the Leeds star.
“Kalvin Phillips stood out again too [in the 2-1 semi-final win over Denmark],” Berbatov told Betfair. “He’s been one of the players of the tournament and, sooner or later, I expect him to leave Leeds for a bigger club.
“Offers will come in for him after the tournament. He is playing with maturity, agility, knowing when to run with the ball and when to pass.
“I would like to see him sign for Manchester United.”
However, Phillips, who still has three years remaining on his deal at Elland Road, has no intention of leaving his boyhood club, according to his agent Kevin Sharp.
“Before Kalvin signed his last contract, we had good interest so we sat down and explored all the pros and cons,” Sharp told the Independent.
“His desire was never to leave, it was to be rewarded and stay and play for the team he supported as a kid.
“There may be clubs who are actually looking at Kalvin now because the more successful you are – playing for England in big tournaments – naturally breeds interest.
“But Kalvin is happy at Leeds and has no desire to move whatsoever. It’s more a case of ‘carry on what you’re doing for club and country’.”
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Leeds could also hand Phillips a new deal, although Sharp admits there is no rush for that to be sorted on their side.
“It’s not something we’re banging on the door to make happen because it’s about Kalvin playing and enjoying his football,” he added.
“But if Leeds want to improve that and protect their assets, for sure we’d be interested in sitting down with them. His value will increase and long may that continue.”
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