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Aston Villa: Kalvin Phillips transfer eyed by Steven Gerrard as club ready £60m bid for Leeds star

Aston Villa is ‘ready to earn a club record £60million for Kalvin Phillips’ after Steven Gerrard named the Leeds star as his ‘No. 1 midfield goal this summer’

  • Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard is considering a switch to Kalvin Phillips this summer
  • The Leeds and England midfielder has become Gerrard’s main target
  • Villa is willing to pay club record £60million to take him out of Leeds
  • Gerrard wants to strengthen in the middle of the park at the end of the season

Aston Villa are reportedly willing to pay a club-record £60million to sign Kalvin Phillips from Leeds this summer.

Steven Gerrard is desperate to bolster himself in midfield when the next transfer window comes around, especially as Douglas Luiz and Carney Chukwuemeka are expected to leave at the end of the season.

And according to The TelegraphPhillips has emerged as Gerrard’s number 1 target to bring to Villa Park ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

Kalvin Phillips has long been on Aston Villa's radar

Steven Gerrard wants to strengthen in midfield

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard is considering a move to Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips this summer

Three years after the club last tried to shove him away from Elland Road, it is believed Villa will make another move for the Leeds and England star during the summer period.

A new defensive midfielder is a priority for them as a large gap remains between defense and attack due to the attacking qualities of John McGinn and Jacob Ramsey in midfield.

Villa has been clamoring for a midfielder since they returned to the top in 2019, but former boss Dean Smith’s attempts to sign Phillips have proved unsuccessful.

Gerrard is also keen to add a midfielder who can ‘screen’ for his back four this summer, and Phillips fits the criteria for the type of player he is looking for.

Gerrard wants to add a midfielder to his Villa side and Phillips fits the criteria

Gerrard wants to add a midfielder to his Villa side and Phillips fits the criteria

Brighton star Yves Bissouma, who was targeted by Villa in January, is also still on the club's radar

Brighton star Yves Bissouma, who was targeted by Villa in January, is also still on the club’s radar

With more than two years left on his current contract with United and an extension offer reportedly on the table, Villa may find it difficult to convince Leeds to sell.

He isn’t the only midfielder on their radar, however, as Gerrard is still looking to sign Yves Bissouma from Brighton.

The Seagulls turned down Villa’s £25million offer for Bissouma in January, but with both Luiz and Chukwuemeka on the cusp of leaving, they are poised to fill in for him again in the summer.

Gerrard will hope to see a team overhaul in the West Midlands once the current campaign comes to a close, with a worrying run of three consecutive defeats that has left several members of his squad questioning.

Gerrard still expects to be supported by Villa chiefs in the summer if he sees a team renewal

Gerrard still expects to be supported by Villa chiefs in the summer if he sees a team renewal

And the Villa boss expects to be supported by the club hierarchy during the summer transfer window, saying over the weekend: “This is not the time to talk about numbers and amounts. What the owners have done for this club has been phenomenal in terms of the support. I don’t think they will change because given the communication I’ve had, they are very ambitious and want to win matches just like me.

“I think we are aligned from the top of the club to the bottom. My closest associates all know where we are strong and where we need support.

“We’ve taken over a team in 16th place in the league and we’ve always done so well to get into a safe position. We’ve had opportunities to take positions above us, but the competition doesn’t lie. At the moment there is a gap with the teams above us.’

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