Leeds United are ready to meet the asking price to land Mohamed Camara, with reports in Austria suggesting a quick move to Elland Road could soon be agreed.
The Whites are looking to strengthen their squad this summer after a painfully-narrow escape from relegation last season. Three signings have already arrived in Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen and Marc Roca. But with Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha seemingly nearing exits, the Whites now have their eyes on much more.
Indeed, their coffers will likely boosted to the tune of around £100m, give or take. And Leeds now have ambitious plans to use the money to good affect.
Strengthening their midfield has been an obvious need this summer. They often fell short their last season, with injuries causing plenty of issues for first Marcelo Bielsa and then Jesse Marsch.
But the American has already moved to address some of those flaws. Roca will provide a solid option at the base of midfield, while Aaronson adds some attacking endeavour further forward.
However, replacing Phillips is an obvious need and Leeds now have two options in mind – and it seems that they could sign both.
First up is Camara, the Malian international, tipped up as the ‘new N’Golo Kante’. He’s made a big impression at Red Bull Salzburg, one time under Marsch’s guidance. Now a reunion at Elland Road is looking increasingly likely.
As per trusted Austrian newspaper Salzburger Nachrichen, Leeds are ready to meet the £25.9m (€30m) release clause in his deal. The paper also broke the news about Aaronson signing for Leeds, so appear to be a respectable source.
They claim they expect the deal to go through quickly once the departure of Phillips to City is confirmed.
Leeds also submit Tyler Adams offer
Brighton had also been in the mix for Camara, but it appears the midfielder has chosen Leeds and a reunion with Marsch.
Having already been excused from training to hold talks, the paper believes the move will generate a transfer record for Salzburg this summer.
The signing will be the third one Leeds have sealed from Salzburg this summer, following on from Aaronson and Kristensen.
However, it seems it won’t be their last signing either from the Red Bull franchise with a deal for Tyler Adams also progressing.
The USMNT midfielder operates for their sister club Red Bull Leipzig. However, they have given the player permission to leave, setting an affordable fee on his head.
Indeed, according to multiple reports, the midfielder ‘really wants’ the move to Leeds, amid claims Everton are also keen.
And as per Florian Plettenberg of Sky Deutchsland, Leeds are prepping an opening £12.9m (€15m) offer for the star. That falls close to Leipzig’s valuation and it seems a deal could also be done.
Mohamed Camara and Adams would be excellent signings
The loss of Phillips this summer will be a hard one for Leeds United fans to take. The midfielder has been a huge favourite on the terraces at Elland Road, having been transformed into an established England international under Bielsa’s guidance.
But with two years left on his deal and with Manchester City coming calling, a sale always looked inevitable.
There will be a chunk of fans who feel his £45m move has seen the player undersold. However, it’s worth remembering he only played 20 times in the Premier League for Leeds last season, with injuries also effecting his 2020/21 season too.
Replacing him with not one, but two solid additions will help to ease that pain. And with Camara and Adams both now reportedly set to sign, there will be the feeling that Leeds have put the money to good use.
Alongside Roca, Adam Forshaw and Mateusz Klich, Leeds should have five options for central midfield next season.