Paul Parker Tells United To “Pay Close To 100M” For Another English Midfielder Instead Of Declan Rice

Paul Parker Tells United To “Pay Close To 100M” For Another English Midfielder Instead Of Declan Rice
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Ex-Manchester United defender Paul Parker believes his former club could well pursue a deal for Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips this summer.

Phillips’ international teammate Declan Rice has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, with Chelsea and Manchester City also said to be interested in the West Ham star.

Rice could cost in excess of £100m but Parker claims United should be looking at Phillips instead, even if he were to cost nearly as much:

“You’d have to pay close to £100m (for Kalvin Phillips). The only way Leeds fans are going to be seriously angry about a player leaving them to come to Manchester United, is if they don’t get good money for him. The only way you are going to appease Leeds fans is if you are getting a lot of money. It can’t be as how it happened with (Eric) Cantona, how cheap Sir Alex (Ferguson) got him for. The Leeds fans won’t accept that with a local boy…”

“He would add something to Manchester United. To be honest, you can put any midfield player in there and they’ll add something to Manchester United’s midfield. If he’s cheaper [than Rice], and that’s the route you are going to go down on for Manchester United – the cheaper – then you should look to bring in your own player, that you are going to make into that player.”

Parker is right to point out that Leeds would be reluctant to sell to a fierce rival. The Yorkshire club would probably prefer to offload Phillips to either Liverpool or West Ham, who are also reportedly keen on the 26-year-old.

On top of that, you have to wonder whether Phillips would be worth such a fee if United were to pursue him instead of Rice. He would be an improvement on the Manchester club’s current options but his ability probably wouldn’t warrant such a massive outlay.

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Paul Parker Tells United To “Pay Close To 100M” For Another English Midfielder Instead Of Declan Rice

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