Fabrizio Romano has dropped an update on the future of Leeds United transfer target Tyler Adams.
In a recent post on Twitter, the Italian journalist revealed that, following a number of reports linking the Whites with a move for the RB Leipzig midfielder this summer, Victor Orta has now agreed a £20m fee – that will be paid in instalments – with the Bundesliga side for the transfer of the 23-year-old.
The transfer insider goes on to state that the USA international is now set to undergo a medical at Elland Road this week, with the former New York Red Bulls starlet thought to be the Whites’ replacement for Kalvin Phillips – who recently joined Manchester City in a £42m deal.
In his tweet, Romano said: “Tyler Adams will undergo medical tests as new Leeds player this week. £20m fee includes add-ons and will be paid in instalments, RB Leipzig have accepted all the conditions on Monday afternoon. He’ll be the replacement for Kalvin Phillips who joined Man City.”
While the loss of a home-grown player as talented as Phillips will certainly be a bitter pill to swallow for many of the Elland Road faithful, Romano’s suggestion that Orta is now closing in on a deal for Adams as a replacement for the England international in Jesse Marsch’s first-team squad is sure to be news that supporters will love.
Indeed, after making the move from New York to Leipzig back in January of 2019, the £26m-rated American made an immediate impact on Ralf Rangnick’s side over his 10 Bundesliga fixtures in 2018/19, registering two assists, creating two big chances for his teammates and making an average of 0.5 key passes per game.
The £38k-per-week midfielder also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, completing an average of 42.1 passes, 1.8 long balls, 1.4 dribbles, 1.6 interceptions, 2.9 tackles, 0.7 clearances and winning 7.1 duels – at a success rate of 57% – per fixture.
These returns saw the player who Marsch himself dubbed a “special talent” average an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.19, not only ranking him as Leipzig’s joint fourth-best performer in the league but also as the joint 23rd-best player in the Bundesliga as a whole that year.
As such, while it is true that, following Domenico Tedesco’s appointment at the Red Bull Arena back in December, Adams found his game time become much more limited – starting just five league games under the management of the 36-year-old – should Marsch be able to help his compatriot refind his 2018/19 form at Elland Road next season, £20m could very quickly look like an absolute steal for the Whites.