Fabrizio Romano has dropped an update on reported Leeds United transfer target Mohamed Camara.
In a recent post on Twitter, the Italian journalist revealed that, despite recent reports suggesting that Victor Orta agreed a €35m (£30m) deal for the Red Bull Salzburg midfielder over the weekend, Leeds are not currently pursuing a move for the 22-year-old – with Tyler Adams said to have been the club’s primary central midfield target this summer.
In his tweet, Romano detailed the following twist: “Tyler Adams deal, done and sealed. It means that if nothing changes in the coming weeks, Leeds won’t bid for midfielder Mo Camara from RB Salzburg despite rumours. Main target has always been Tyler Adams together with Marc Roca… and he’s now joining Leeds, here we go.”
While Adams is undoubtedly a fine addition to Jesse Marsch’s options in the middle of the park, considering the fact that the Whites’ have recently lost the services of one of England’s most impressive holding midfielders in Kalvin Phillips, it would certainly appear as if the further addition of Camara would be an incredibly smart move for Orta to make this summer.
Indeed, while Adams matches up to Phillips in a number of passing metrics – such as passes attempted (914 to 944), passes completed (769 to 729) and key passes (eight each) – over the last 365 days, the USA international falls some way short of now-Manchester City midfielder in a defensive capacity – such as tackles won (16 to 43) and interceptions made (23 to 34).
However, when comparing Camara to the England international, it is clear to see that the Salzburg starlet is a much better match for Phillips, with the £24.3m-rated talent bettering the 26-year-old in goals (one to zero), assists (three to one) and shots (22 to 15) over the past 12 months, as well as being much closer than Adams in terms of tackles won (33 to 43) and bettering the Englishman in interceptions made (44 to 37).
As such, while a £20m deal for Adams and a £30m move for Camara is undeniably a great deal of money to spend on two central midfielders, considering their combined fee is roughly only £8m more than the £42m the Whites received from the sale of Phillips, it would very much appear as if a move for both players is feasible for Orta this summer.
And, when taking into account their combined metrics from the 2021/22 campaign, it would certainly appear as if the duo would do an excellent job at plugging the Phillips-shaped hole in Marsch’s midfield next season – leading us to believe that the Spanish director of football simply must sanction a move for Camara in the coming weeks.