Fabrizio Romano has dropped an update on reported Leeds United transfer target Tyler Adams.
In a recent post on Twitter, the Italian journalist revealed that, following a number of reports linking Victor Orta with a move for the RB Leipzig midfielder this summer, the Spanish director of football is now preparing a first bid for the 23-year-old USA international having entered into talks with the Bundesliga side.
The transfer insider goes on to state that Jesse Marsch is keen to bring the former New York Red Bulls starlet to Elland Road as a replacement for Kalvin Phillips, with the 48-year-old known to be a big fan of Adams – who is believed to be available for a figure of around €15m (£13m) this summer.
In his tweet, Romano said: “Leeds are preparing an opening bid for Tyler Adams, he’s included in the list of three potential new signings. The plan of Jesse Marsch is to replace Kalvin Phillips with Adams, he’s a big fan of USMNT midfielder. €15m needed, as Florian Plettenberg reports. Talks ongoing.”
ESPN backed up similar claims that Leeds are now closing in on a move for the American this summer.
In a further tweet, Romano also revealed that Leeds are now close to landing Feyenoord winger Luis Sinisterra, with Orta having reached full agreement on personal terms with the 23-year-old Colombia international.
While the recent confirmation of Phillips’ £45m move to Manchester City will undoubtedly come as a gutting blow to the Elland Road faithful, Romano’s suggestion that Orta is already in negotiations with Leipzig in order to replace the England international in Jesse Marsch’s squad is sure to be news that will leave Whites supporters buzzing.
While it is true that Adams found himself slipping down Domenico Tedesco’s midfield pecking order at the Red Bull Arena last season – starting just 12 Bundesliga fixtures in 2021/22 – the 19-cap international nevertheless appears to boast a number of attributes that would suggest he can help plug the Phillips-shaped hole in the Leeds squad next season.
Indeed, according to FBref data, Adams ranked in the top 2% of midfielders in Europe’s big five leagues and European competitions for blocks per 90 mins, in addition to the top 18% for passes attempted, the top 25% for passes completed, the top 20% for pressures and the top 25% for progressive carries over the past 12 months.
In comparison, in the same metrics, FBref rank Phillips in the top 4% for blocks per 90, as well as the top 39% for passes attempted, the bottom 40% for passes completed, the top 2% for pressures and the bottom 4% for progressive carries over the last 365 days.
As such, it is clear to see that the 23-year-old would make a fantastic replacement for the Whites’ academy graduate in the middle of the park next term, leading us to believe that Romano’s latest update is fantastic news for everyone involved with the club – not least Marsch himself.