Leeds United have initiated talks to bring Tyler Adams to Elland Road this summer.
That’s according to The Transfer Exchange Show, who revealed in a recent post on Twitter that, following a number of recent reports linking the Whites with a move for the RB Leipzig central midfielder in the summer transfer window, Victor Orta has now started talks with the Bundesliga side concerning a deal for the 23-year-old.
In their tweet, The Transfer Exchange Show said: “Leeds United have started talks to sign Tyler Adams this summer. The RB Leipzig midfielder is seen as a replacement for Kalvin Phillips who has already stated his wish to join Manchester City.”
Sky Sport Deutschland journalist Florian Plettenberg also recently revealed that Leipzig would be willing to part with the USA international this summer, while the journalist also confirmed that the former New York Red Bulls starlet – who is believed to have a release clause in the region of €40m (£34m) – is on Leeds’ transfer wishlist ahead of the upcoming Premier League campaign.
In his tweet, Plettenberg revealed that any suitor for his services has now received the green light for a move, saying: “News Tyler Adams: Despite the transfer of [Brenden] Aaronson and [Marc] Roca, the midfielder from Leipzig is – next to other players – on the shortlist of LUFC confirmed. Leeds are considering the situation of the 23-year-old. Leipzig wants to sell him.”
While depth in the middle of the park was been something of an issue for Jesse Marsch’s side throughout 2021/22, should Victor Orta go on to complete a deal for Adams in the coming weeks, following the Spaniard’s earlier summer signings of Marc Roca and Brenden Aaronson, it would very much appear as if Leeds have well and truly solved this problem heading into the new Premier League campaign.
And, while it is true that Adams did not enjoy the best season of his career last time out – starting just 12 Bundesliga fixtures – the £26m-rated American still managed to impress in a number of eye-catching metrics, with FBref ranking the 23-year-old in the top 2% of midfielders in Europe’s big five leagues for blocks per 90 minutes, as well as 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 last 365 days.
Furthermore, with the midfielder who Marsch himself dubbed a “massive” talent being able to operate from a variety of different positions – including right-back, defensive, central and right midfield, as well as on the right-wing – it is clear that the 23-year-old’s impressive versatility would be a huge plus for the Whites’ 48-year-old head coach.
As such, the news that Leipzig are willing to part with Adams this summer is sure to come as a major boost to both Orta and Marsch, as it is clear to see that, with the American alongside Roca in the middle of the park, Leeds will have formed an incredibly solid first-choice pairing ahead of the new Premier League campaign – even if Kalvin Phillips does end up moving onto pastures new in the coming weeks.