Leeds United can sign Tyler Adams fast after Kalvin Phillips exit
Leeds United signing Tyler Adams “can happen very quickly” with player looking to move on from RB Leipzig, according to Bild.
The Yorkshire Evening Post reported on Sunday (26 June) that the American was high on Victor Orta’s list and that the club are speaking to him.
A midfielder is needed as a priority now that the sale of star man Kalvin Phillips has been agreed to Manchester City, with Adams seen as a replacement.
Bild report that the move could now happen at speed, with the 23 year old “intensively concerned with his future and a change” as he is unhappy with his playing time under Domenico Tedesco in Germany.
He made 36 appearances in all competitions during the 2021/22 season, but a number of them came from the bench and he only completed the full 90 minutes 13 times.
The Bundesliga side have also already signed a replacement in the form of Austrian Xaver Schlager from Wolfsburg so appear to be ready to let him go.
The interest in Adams isn’t sudden as his name has been mentioned since the Premier League season ended, with Phillips’ future in question for months.
Now that the news fans had been hoping not to hear has been confirmed and he is set for the Etihad it seems that his heir might not be far away.
That would be in keeping with the speed with which the club have set about trying to rectify the deficiencies in the squad from the previous relegation battle.
The lingering presence of the Jean-Kevin Augustin dispute has been mentioned as a potential stumbling block in negotiations with Leipzig, although United have already done extensive business with their Austrian sister club in Salzburg by bringing in Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen this summer.
As the Bild report notes, a fee for Adams won’t be an issue with the Phillips money of an initial £42million due [The Athletic].
Jesse Marsch wants his former charge, having worked together during the coach’s short time at the Red Bull Arena, as well as in New York, and with pre-season training now starting the quicker he can get a settled squad together to work with the better.
It looks like the pieces could be lined up to get this one over the line sooner rather than later, which would be positive news after the sadness of a local hero leaving.