Paul Parker backs Man Utd move for cheaper Declan Rice alternative

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Declan Rice remains on Manchester United’s radar (Picture: Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Manchester United would need to pay close to £100m for Leeds star Kalvin Phillips this summer… but he’d still be a cheaper alternative to Declan Rice.

That’s according to former United player Paul Parker, who feels Phillips would strengthen the club’s midfield.

United look set to bolster their midfielder in the summer window and it’s no secret Rice remains on their radar with Chelsea also keeping tabs on him.

David Moyes has made it clear the England international is worth more than £100m in a bid to put off potential suitors but Parker feels Phillips would cost slightly cheaper.

‘You’d have to pay close to £100m (for Kalvin Phillips),’ he told

‘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.’

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Kalvin Phillips has been linked with a move to Manchester United (Picture: George Wood/Getty Images)

Phillips has previously been linked with a move to Leeds’ arch rivals and is yet to sign a new contract despite his current deal running until 2024.

Although Rice would be Parker’s preference, he feels Phillips would be an upgrade on the likes of Scott McTominay and Fred at present in the heart of United’s midfield.

‘Kalvin Phillips is not going to be Declan Rice in the manner he plays. They play in a different style. You are going to take Manchester United a little bit of a step in that way,’ he added.

‘I like Kalvin Phillips. I like what he does. I like the way he plays. He’s not expansive in his game. Keep it simple. He wants to move the ball around in short areas. Not looking for the killer passes. He would add something to that midfield.

‘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, 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.’

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