Leeds United and Everton are set to battle it out for the services of RB Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams.
According to SportBILD, Tyler Adams is staring at an uncertain future at RB Leipzig this summer. Although the midfielder’s contract at the club does not expire until 2025, coach Domenico Tedesco is open to selling him as part of his plans to trim the squad ahead of the new season.
The report suggests Leipzig will be willing to sanction the sale of Adams for a fee of around €12-15 million, with Everton and Leeds United among the clubs interested in his services. It goes on to further claim that the midfielder’s exit might soon be sanctioned, even though neither of the two teams appears to have made any official bids.
Leeds United’s interest in Tyler Adams is hardly surprising as Jesse Marsch and the midfielder go a long way back. The duo started working together during their time at New York Red Bulls, with Marsch giving Adams his professional breakthrough in the MLS.
Since then, Adams has established himself as one of the finest midfielders in the United States, alongside Weston McKennie. The native of New York has not disappointed in the Bundesliga either, up until the appointment of Tedesco at the end of last year.
Under the leadership of the former Schalke manager, Adams has fallen out of favour and could be offloaded ahead of the new season, especially with RB Leipzig bringing in Xaver Schlager from VfL Wolfsburg.
Leeds are not deterred by Adams’ fall from grace and still rate the midfielder highly. They want to sign the USMNT star as a potential long-term replacement for Kalvin Phillips, who is closing in on a move to Manchester City this summer.
However, Leeds United are set to face stiff competition from Everton in the pursuit of Adams. With Fabian Delph and Gylfi Sigurdsson leaving Goodison Park, coach Frank Lampard is keen on reinforcements in the middle of the park.
The Toffees have already considered a move for West Ham ace Tomas Soucek, but Adams could be a cost-effective alternative as he is available for a fee of up to €15 million. Given the experience and work ethic he brings to the table, it could prove to be a bargain for Everton.
But with Leeds also involved in the chase, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top in the race to sign the RB Leipzig starlet this summer.