Leeds United rumours: Whites and Arsenal plot rival raids as target eyes exit, Bielsa wants Newcastle-linked midfielder

Leeds United fans will have been mighty relieved to see Kalvin Phillips get through Saturday’s Euro 2020 clash against Ukraine without picking up a booking.

Monday, 5th July 2021, 7:33 am
Premier League match ball. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The 25-year-old was a yellow card away from missing the semi-final against Denmark, but got through most of the match unscathed before being substituted by Gareth Southgate.

And the England boss has explained his decision to take him off when he did.

"We were able to get the players off who were on a yellow card," he reflected post-match.

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Newcastle United should sell Miguel Almiron if a sizeable offer arrives, according to Paul Robinson. (Football Insider) (Photo by MAURO PIMENTEL/AFP via Getty Images)

"There's also a couple who had knocks but we've known we had players we needed to look after physically.

"We know across seven games the squad is so important, trying to give people a breather at the right time. We learned a lot from Russia in that instance.

"We were trying to balance players with knocks and yellow cards. 'Do we take the centre-back off? Because we've the game sewn up he won't need to make a tackle.

"I'm thinking of the lads we didn't get on the pitch - Conor Coady, Ben Chilwell, Sam Johnstone, Aaron Ramsdale, they're the ones making this team successful. The spirit in the group is phenomenal.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Joe Rodon has emerged as a target for fellow Premier League outfit Brighton. (The Sun) (Photo by Olaf Kraak - Pool/Getty Images)

"Whoever comes in does the job, whoever isn't in - it is really difficult to leave three out of the matchday squad - the squad mentality is fantastic. That's uppermost in my mind, looking after those guys.

"I'm spending more energy worrying about the three I have to leave out because they're all good players. None of them deserve to be left out. They're all giving everything in training."

We’ve gathered the best of today’s Premier League speculation below...

Leicester City winger Marc Albrighton is in talks over a move to Burnley this summer. The 31-year old currently has one year left on contract and is keen to play more regularly. (Daily Mail) (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Brighton have identified Daniel James as a potential transfer target. Graham Potter is hoping to persuade James to make the move after Manchester United’s signing of Jadon Sancho. (The Sun) (Photo by DAN MULLAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Nuno wants to sign Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham target James Tarkowski. (90min) (Photo by MOLLY DARLINGTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Manchester United have taken a massive step towards signing Raphael Varane. (ABC) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Leeds United are now making a move to sign Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien. Newcastle United are also keen. (The Sun) (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur are willing to sell reported Aston Villa target Harry Winks. (Football.London) (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Arsenal and Leeds United target Miguel Gutierrez is considering leaving Real Madrid on loan. (Defensa Central) (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)