New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has identified strengthening Manchester United’s midfield as a priority this summer.
Ten Hag reportedly wants to sign at least two midfielders this summer.
One player that Ten Hag will reportedly want at Manchester United is Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
According to Football Insider, Phillips has told Leeds United that he wants to play under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City next season.
Just like Man Utd boss Ten Hag, City boss Guardiola is a huge admirer of the England international midfielder.
Guardiola sees Phillips as an ideal replacement for Manchester City captain Fernandinho, who will leave the Premier League champions this summer.
The Telegraph claim Phillips fears he would tarnish his reputation with Leeds United supporters by joining Manchester United and therefore favours a move to Manchester City.
Leeds United have a fierce rivalry with Manchester United and Phillips, who is a boyhood Leeds United supporter, prefers to join Manchester City instead.
Alan Smith was the last player to swap Elland Road for Old Trafford in 2004 — two years after Rio Ferdinand made the same move — and has never been forgiven by many Leeds supporters.
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, who himself left Leeds United for Manchester United, doesn’t see Phillips doing the same irrespective of the offer from Manchester United.
“Kalvin Phillips doesn’t go to Man United,” Ferdinand stated on his YouTube show.
“This is the difference between me and him – he’s a Leeds boy. He can’t set foot back in Leeds, his family have to move out if he goes from Leeds to join Man United.
“Trust me, I had the head of Yorkshire Police ring me when I left for Man United saying don’t come back for a year. And I had only been [at Leeds] for 18 months.
“Phillips is a top player, he isn’t going to Man United. If he does… brave man.”
Phillips has been with Leeds since joining their academy as a 14-year-old back in 2010.
The 26-year-old has made 234 competitive appearances for Leeds United, chipping in with 14 goals and 13 assists in the process.