Transfer fee and contract detail as Leeds United confirm fourth senior signing and move for fifth

Leeds United have signed midfielder Tyler Adams from RB Leipzig for a fee in the region of £20m.

By Graham Smyth
Wednesday, 6th July 2022, 5:30 pm

The Whites moved to replace Kalvin Phillips within three days of selling him to Manchester City for £42m, plus £3m in add-ons, with a player Jesse Marsch has worked with at two previous clubs.

Marsch first linked up with Adams, then a teenager, at New York Red Bulls, giving him an MLS debut and later bringing him to the Bundesliga when he was Leipzig manager.

Adams, 23, is the second United States Men’s National Team international to arrive at Elland Road this summer after Brenden Aaronson, who also worked with Marsch at RB Salzburg.

Leeds have handed the midfielder a five-year contract and he is expected to operate alongside the likes of Marc Roca and Adam Forshaw in the centre of the pitch this season.

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His arrival leaves Marsch awaiting just two more senior additions and one of those – Feyenoord’s Colombian international winger Luis Sinisterra – is expected to be next through the door. As for a centre forward, Leeds have long held hopes of attracting Brugge’s Charles De Ketelaere, described as a ‘Swiss army knife’ of a striker, who could play alongside Patrick Bamford up front. The Whites are vying with AC Milan for the Belgian’s signature and he’s reportedly set his heart on a move to the San Siro.

It seems likely that the extent of the Whites’ spend on a striker will be ultimately determined by the sale of Raphinha.

DONE DEAL - Tyler Adams has moved to Leeds United from RB Leipzig in a deal worth around £20m, signing a five-year deal.

The Brazilian is expected back in training on Thursday and if a deal has not been agreed with one of his suitors then Leeds anticipate him joining their pre-season tour in Australia, on a flight that departs this Sunday.

Chelsea did come to terms with Leeds on a £60m transfer, which would be paid up front, but the player is yet to agree to that move and appears to be holding out for his preferred destination – Barcelona. The Catalan giants have not proved to Leeds that they can match Chelsea’s offer or pay the fee in one go.