Tyler Adams joins Leeds United for €23m from RB Leipzig

(Football news) United States midfielder Tyler Adams has agreed to join Leeds United with the official announcement set for this week. Adams, who recently turned 23, has agreed to move to Elland Road from RB Leipzig in a deal which is worth in the region of €17 million and could potentially increase to €23m with add-ons. According to reports, The U.S. men's national team player will fly to Leeds in the next 48 hours for his medical, with the signing set to be announced soon.

This move sees Tyler Adams reunite with his old manager Jesse Marsch, who coached him at New York Red Bulls and RB Leipzig. The American is set to replace midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who officially joined Manchester City on Monday. Adams is set to become the fourth signing this summer transfer window for Jesse Marsch, three of whom he has previously worked with. Leeds announced the signing of FC Salzburg star Brenden Aaronson in May for a deal worth €28m. The Premier League side have since gone on to add Denmark right-back Rasmus Kristensen for a fee of €11m and Marc Roca from Bayern Munich for around €12m.

Adams has been a key player in the Leipzig squad since joining from New York Red Bulls in 2019. He is equally capable at playing central midfield and in any spot along the defensive line. He will leave Leipzig having won the DFB-Pokal with the team last season. The deal progressed quickly because Leeds wanted to stave off interest elsewhere for Adams, with Everton being heavily linked to the player. Jesse Marsch can deploy him as a central or defensive midfielder, Adams has the bonus of being strong defensively as he can also play right back, similar to Stuart Dallas. Adams is pretty good at reading the game on the pitch and can give Marsch another dimension to his game plan. 

Playing in the midfield and obstructing passing lanes to diving in for a last minute tackle, it won't take much for Adams to establish himself with Leeds. Roca has already been added to the squad from Bayern Munich, and Adams’ joining him in the midfield would create a defensive shield. It feels like Marsch is planning to switch to a 4-2-2-2 as Raphinha is likely to depart for Barcelona or Chelsea this summer. Aaronson, Mateusz Klich, Darko Gaybi, Daniel James, Jack Harrison, and Rodrigo can all play in the midfield and can support the likes of Patrick Bamford and Daniel James.

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