Leeds United rumours: Whites enter 'advanced talks' for Bielsa target, Barcelona star on Elland Road radar

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has established himself as one of the most integral players in Gareth Southgate's England side since the start of Euro 2020.

Sunday, 27th June 2021, 8:47 am
Elland Road. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

The 25-year-old has been an ever-present for the Three Lions so far, and Brighton star Adam Lallana is in no doubt as to why that is the case.

Writing in a column for the Times, he said: "Their defensive record has been exemplary so far and it is important not to overlook the role of the holding midfielders in achieving such a solid base.

"It was less than a month ago that we were marvelling at the genius of N'Golo Kante and Jorginho in guiding Chelsea to a Champions League final victory against Manchester City.

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Burnley are keen to listen to offers for James Tarkowski in a major boost to long-term suitors West Ham. (Football Insider) (Photo by JON SUPER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

"Yet, now with England, it's almost being derided as antiquated and regressive.

"It makes sense to discuss this in the context of of the players who've started the first three matches in the role; Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips

"With two defensive-minded No 6s in Rice and Phillips the team are compact centrally. Their first instincts are to protect.

"That is a vital mindset and is backed by peripheral vision, awareness and the athleticism to react.

Brighton are refusing to budge on their £50million-plus asking price for Ben White after turning down a £45million offer from Arsenal. (The Sun) (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

"Being adventurous is not discouraged, but it must be calculated against the responsibility to shield if possession is lost. England have benefited from this.

“These qualities should come to the fore even more now against Germany in the round of 16, with Rice’s ability to break up possession and the robustness of Phillips crucial."

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

Swansea City have opened talks to sign Burnley defender Jimmy Dunne, with his contract set to expire in the coming days. (Football Insider) (Photo by Peter Powell - Pool/Getty Images)
Nuno Espirito Santo wants Tottenham to pursue Wolves star Conor Coady this summer if he becomes their new manager. (Football Insider) (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Manchester United are closing in on the signing of England star Jadon Sancho in an £80million deal. (Mirror) (Photo by Neil Hall - Pool/Getty Images)
Everton are in talks to sign Manchester United outcast Sergio Romero. The goalkeeper hasn’t featured for the club since July last year and is set to be released from the club next week. (The Athletic) (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Leicester City are plotting a loan swoop for Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho this summer. (Sport) (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Leeds United are contemplating a move for wantaway Barcelona defender Junior Firpo. West Ham United, Southampton, Fiorentina and Napoli have also been credited with an interest. (Mundo Deportivo) (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)
Leeds United are in advanced talks over a club-record £31 million deal for Cagliari midfielder Nahitan Nandez. (Rudy Galetti) (Photo by Rogerio Florentino/Getty Images)