Paul Merson thinks £60m player good enough for Aston Villa

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Paul Merson has claimed that Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips is good enough for Aston Villa, as he told Sky Sports.

The TV pundit added that the Leeds midfielder can’t move to Manchester United because of the rivalry, but he could ‘maybe’ join Chelsea in the summer.

There is a strong chance Leeds suffer relegation to the Championship on Sunday, and if that’s the case, then they will lose their star man.

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A boyhood fan, one of their own, it would be one that will be very, very difficult to take if that scenario comes about.

Nonetheless, when talking about Phillips’ future, Merson shared where he could end up in the summer, if Leeds go down.

“I don’t think Phillips is too good for Aston Villa, who have been linked with him recently,” said Merson.

“It’s a massive football club and he would be playing under one of the greatest English footballers of our generation in Gerrard. So Villa would be an unbelievable move for him

“He can’t go to Manchester United because you play for Leeds, or you’re a Leeds fan. That’s an absolute no-go, even though Man United need him more than any player.

“Will Liverpool want him? I don’t think so. Will Manchester City want him? I don’t think so. Maybe Chelsea, I don’t know. It’s not as much of a problem as moving to Manchester United.”

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PHILLIPS IN DEMAND REGARDLESS OF LEEDS STATUS

Of course, if Leeds stay up, then there is no doubt the club will do everything in their power to keep their star man.

But, that doesn’t mean the England international isn’t an in-demand player, with suggestions from the Times that Villa ‘lead the race’ for the £60 million player.

Aston Villa want to get into Europe next season, and they are trying to lure some big names to the Midlands club.

Steven Gerrard seemingly wants to sign Luis Suarez, as Marseille defender, Duje Caleta-Car, is another name on their transfer wishlist.

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