Chelsea would need to stump up an “astronomical figure” to land Kalvin Phillips, according to former Leeds striker Noel Whelan.
Philipps is one of the most highly-rated midfielders in the Premier League after impressing in the opening weeks of the new season, with his performances even earning him an England call-up by boss Gareth Southgate.
And that has led to some speculation in the media that our club, along with Manchester Unted and Tottenham, may be tempted to make a move for the midfielder in the winter transfer window, which is just a few months away.
Whelan, however, believes that his fellow Yorkshireman is exactly where he needs to be and that is would take a massive figure for Leeds to even consider selling one of the clubs most important players
“Look, Leeds do not need to sell him,” Whelan told Football Insider. “That is the way it is. We are not a selling club anymore.
“We are in the Premier League and if we are going to be successful and hit the heights that we hope to, it is imperative that we keep Kalvin Phillips.
“Speculation will happen and I know money talks but Kalvin is a Leeds lad who pledged his future to the club by signing a new contract.
“To get him away from Leeds right now would take an astronomical figure. Otherwise Leeds would not even contemplate the idea of selling him next summer.”
“He looks like he is enjoying his football at Leeds and he is now getting the recognition that he deserves from England as well. Gareth Southgate was there again on Monday night watching him. Kalvin is at the club which is best for him.”
Look, if we really want the man, then we will make an offer. And to be honest, it would be very hard for Philipps to turn down a possible move to Stamford Bridge.