By Saikat Mandal

14th Aug, 2022 | 9:40am

Leeds United fail to sign Mohamed Camara as midfielder set to join AS Monaco

Leeds United have failed in their attempt to sign Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Mohamed Camara, as he is on his way to join AS Monaco, as reported by Fabrizio Romano.

Sebastien Denis reported on 13 August for Foot Mercato that the Whites failed with a bid of €25million [£21.1million]. The 22-year-old midfielder is joining Monaco for just €15 million [£12.6million].

Romano wrote on Twitter on 14 August that Camara was “never close” to joining Leeds, as the Whites prioritised signing Tyler Adams and Marc Roca instead.

The Guardian journalist wrote on his Twitter account: “AS Monaco have documents ready and completed to sign Mohamed Camara on permanent deal from RB Salzburg. Medical tests done on Saturday, as called by Saber Desfarges.

“Camara was never close to joining Leeds as Tyler Adams and Marc Roca were the priority targets.”

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It is quite baffling how Monaco were being able to Salzburg to accept an offer for under £13 million, when Leeds reportedly offered him a better deal.

Jesse Marsch has bolstered his midfield this summer, but one could feel that Camara would have been a quality addition to the side.

His playing style is similar to that of Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, and he would have added a different dimension in the middle of the park.

Having said that, the priority for Leeds now is to sign a striker, immediately. The club could also look to sign another left-back to their ranks.

Leeds have done incredible business this summer. They earmarked their targets quickly and managed to secure most of them.

Charles De Ketelaere is someone they really wanted to sign, but they missed out on him to AC Milan. However, losing Camara to Monaco is hard to swallow for the Whites.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has finally responded as transfer talk surrounding Ismaila Sarr goes into overdrive this week