Man Utd 'begin Kalvin Phillips transfer talks with Leeds demanding £60m for midfielder with Aston Villa also keen'

MANCHESTER UNITED have started working on a deal to sign Leeds star Kalvin Phillips, according to reports.

United have held a long-term interest in the England midfielder and the appointment of Erik ten Hag has advanced negotiations.

Leeds value Phillips between £50-£60million and United have opened talks with the Yorkshire club, report Manchester Evening News.

Aston Villa are also said to be interested in Phillips and are reportedly prepared to bid £60m to land the 26-year-old.

But the Red Devils have identified Phillips as a top target in place of Declan Rice after West Ham placed a £150m asking price on their star man.

Ten Hag has several names on his shortlist including Ajax winger Antony, who has flourished under his management in Eredivisie.

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United want to secure a deal for the Brazilian this summer to avoid the risk of his value inflating after the 2022 World Cup.

But improving the midfield is a key objective for Ten Hag, particularly with Paul Pogba on his way out of Old Trafford in the summer.

Paris Saint-Germain could snap up the Frenchman on a free with Juventus also interested in bringing Pogba back to Turin.

Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves is also on United's transfer list with Ten Hag said to be a big fan of the Portuguese.

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And United transfer chief Matt Judge has reportedly made an enquire for a young Premier League striker with the club keen for a younger alternative to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Signing a defender is also on the agenda for the club this summer having been linked with Antonio Rudiger and Villarreal's Pau Torres.

But buying both centre-backs could be unrealistic if United fail to qualify for the Champions League.

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