Leeds United are interested in a deal to bring Tyler Adams to Elland Road in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report by MLS Transfers, who claim that sources have revealed the defensive midfielder is ready to leave RB Leipzig this summer, with the Bundesliga side looking to secure a “big fee” for the 23-year-old.
It is then claimed that Leeds and Benfica are the two “most interested” clubs in the USA international, with the duo believed to be “pushing” to secure the defensive midfielder for a more reasonable price than Leipzig are currently demanding.
While it is true that, following links with a £34m move to Arsenal last summer, Adams did not enjoy the best campaign of his career in 2021/22, it is undeniable that the American is nevertheless a player who boasts a significant amount of potential.
Indeed, according to FBref data, the £26m-rated talent still ranks in the 2% of midfielders in Europe’s big five leagues for blocks per 90, in addition to the top 18% for passes attempted, the top 25% for passes completed, the top 20% for pressures, the top 25% for progressive carries and the top 39% for aerial duels won over the last 12 months.
Furthermore, with the £38k-per-week midfielder looking to be a player who is a perfect fit for a team who like to deploy a high-press, it is easy to see why Marsch would once again like to work with his former New York Red Bulls and Leipzig starlet at Leeds, while it is also not difficult to understand why the Bundesliga website compares the 23-year-old to Liverpool’s £48m Naby Keita.
Indeed, it would appear as if Adams and the Guinea international possess extremely similar tools in the middle of the park, albeit with the Leipzig talent being a more reserved version of the Reds midfielder, while the American’s potential switch to the Premier League from the Red Bull Arena naturally echos the 27-year-old’s 2018 move to Merseyside.
As such, should Victor Orta be able to negotiate a much lower fee than Leipzig’s £34m asking price for the 23-year-old last summer, the signing of the player who Andrew Stern dubbed “an elite 6” would appear to make a great deal of sense for Marsch and the Whites ahead of 2022/23.