By George Overhill

29th Jun, 2022 | 8:40am

Leeds United in direct contact with Mohamed Camara camp amid Red Bull Salzburg development

Leeds United are in direct contact with Mohamed Camara’s representatives over a potential summer move, according to Ryan Taylor.

The Red Bull Salzburg midfielder wants a move to the Premier League and has been excused from his club’s pre-season training camp to sort out his future.

The Whites are looking for a replacement for star man Kalvin Phillips after an initial £42million deal for him to move to Manchester City was agreed on Friday 24 June [The Athletic].

The Mali international looks to be heading towards a move for around half that amount, but there is competition.

Express reporter Taylor wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night (28 June): “Red Bull Salzburg have excused Mohamed Camara from their pre-season training camp, so midfielder can resolve his future.

“Leeds have been in direct contact with his representatives. 22-year-old is valued between £17m-£25m & wants PL move. Brighton also in mix.”

Ready

This one looks like it could be on the brink of getting done if his club have excluded him from their preparations for the new season.

Once it gets to that stage it shows that they are expecting him to go, and with United now expecting a significant windfall – although some would say not as significant as it should be – from the Phillips sale they are ready to stump up the fee.

The club have moved fast in every way during the summer window so far, and with the first major exit now sanctioned they appear to have lined up the replacement within days.

It has surely helped that the Salzburg connection is now well established, with Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen already brought in from the Austrian champions.

The Yorkshire Evening Post had reported on Sunday (26 June) that the club were in contact with both Camara and RB Leipzig’s Tyler Adams to fill the spot that the Etihad-bound Phillips will leave, and had suggested that the American was the likelier of the two.

But developments with Camara look very indicative of an imminent move.

The squad is certainly going to look very different come the start of the 2022/23 season, with two stars likely gone and a whole host of new arrivals on the scene.

In other Leeds United news, the club are expected to spend over £100million more during the summer.