Mikel Arteta can use Gareth Southgate to leverage £50m Arsenal deal for Premier League star – Bailey Keogh

Arsenal have a great chance to solve their midfield problems this summer by signing a midfielder with the promise of regular international football.

According to 90min, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle are all watching Kalvin Phillips’ contract situation closely, as his current contract with Leeds expires in 2024.

The Gunners will be in desperate need of a midfielder in the summer transfer window due to the number of departures expected.

Phillips, who would have been the center of a £50m bid from West Ham in January, would certainly be a great addition. And if he needed persuasion to move, Mikel Arteta could factor in that he’ll be more likely to be a starter in England while being an Arsenal player.

Although they played a key role in England’s Euro 2020 campaign where they reached the final, there has been an emergence of English midfielders who will certainly take Phillips’ place if he stays at Leeds, threatened with relegation.

Aston Villa’s Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice and Jacob Ramsey have all been exceptional in midfield this season, which is sure to give Southgate a headache in the position.

If Arsenal qualify for the Champions League before next season, which currently looks like a strong possibility, then Phillips would have the chance to impress on football’s biggest stage, which is not possible at Leeds.

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There have already been calls to sign Phillips after the 26-year-old uploaded a post to his Instagram Story following England’s 5-0 win over Albania which praised Arsenal starboy Emile Smith Rowe , leaving fans to imagine the same picture at club level.

Signing a midfielder in the summer window should be seen as a necessity for Arsenal, with football.london knowing that Roma are supposed to make another attempt to sign Granit Xhaka at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Elneny’s contract is set to expire, leaving Thomas Partey as the only experienced central midfielder.

Albert Sambi Lokonga and Charlie Patino are the club’s other midfielders, however, they both need time to adapt to the Premier League and they shouldn’t be burdened with such a huge responsibility.

With Phillips’ experience in both the Premier League and international football, he would be a great addition to Mikel Arteta’s squad, and should the Gunners qualify for the Champions League they would be even better placed to sign him.

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