Gabriel Agbonlahor believes Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips will cost £40m this summer – but suggested he was worth £60m just last year.
Pep Guardiola’s side have made the England international a top target this summer as they look to replace the departing Fernandinho at the Etihad Stadium.
Phillips is entering the final two years of his Elland Road contract and hasn’t signed new terms since the club’s return to the top flight.
If the West Yorkshire-born ace was to move last summer, Agbonlahor believes the Whites would have been able to generate a further £20m.
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Talking on TalkSport Edge, Agbonlahor said: “Kalvin Phillips, I’d say [is worth] £40m, but a year ago I’d probably say £60m.”
TIF Thoughts on Agbonlahor’s comments on Phillips…
Agbonlahor isn’t far off with his valuation of Phillips at present.
He has two years left on his deal, and at 26, is in the prime of his career at present, so there is a chance his performance will stay at its current level and not improve too drastically.
Also, the 99 days he spent on the treatment table this past term may well been a huge factor in his £20m valuation drop-off as stated by Agbonlahor, though Pep Guardiola would surely have had no qualms in paying £60m for the 19-time England international.
Leeds will need to resolve the Phillips situation this summer.
If they let his contract situation trundle into the new season, they face losing the England man for a seriously reduced price, which would be incredibly costly to the club’s owners.