Leeds Adams deal, Marsch and Adams key to £20m transfer - report
Leeds United have confirmed the transfer of American international Tyler Adams but how key was his relationship with Jesse Marsch to the completion of the deal?
The versatile RB Leipzig midfielder has joined the Whites in a reported £20m deal [The Athletic] and will be seen as a direct replacement for outgoing midfielder enforcer, Kalvin Phillips.
Sky Sports have reported that the American’s relationship with former manager and fellow countryman, Jesse Marsch was key to the deal being completed.
The report said: “Leeds United’s interest in signing Tyler Adams from RB Leipzig was more than predictable because the United States international is much more than just a former player for Jesse Marsch.
“The bond between them was forged many years ago.”
A deal that was destined to happen?
Marsch has managed Adams on two separate occasions, firstly as his manager at New York Red Bulls and raved about the youngster’s talent years ago.
Marsch said: “I met him when he was 15 years old.
“I watched him play a game. I had a 10-minute conversation with him after the game and I said to myself, ‘This kid is going to be massive.’
“At 15, it was so easy to see that he had the tools, mostly from a mental and intelligence perspective, to do whatever it takes.
The former New Yor Red Bulls youth player joined Leipzig in 2019 after impressing in his homeland.
Adams made 75 Bundesliga appearances for Die Rotten Bullen over three years, winning the German Cup last season defeating Freiburg in a penalty shoot-out on (22 May.)
The midfielder has also been deployed as a defender, playing as a right-back on several occasions for the German outfit and his versatility will be a useful tool added to Leeds arsenal.
Adams made his debut for his country five years ago and has made 20 appearances for the men’s team since then.
In other Leeds United news, Leeds are reportedly close to the transfer of Feyenoord’s Luis Sinisterra.