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Leeds Utd set Mohamed Camara deadline, but chief fears worst with big transfer admission

Mohamed Camara, Mali, during U20 World Cup match

Red Bull Salzburg have set a deadline over the future of Mohamed Camara, amid growing claims that Leeds United have now shelved their interest.

The Whites are in the hunt for a new midfielder this summer with Kalvin Phillips departing for Manchester City. His £42m move leaves Leeds with a sizeable hole to fill in their squad, given his importance to the club. And it seems boss Jesse Marsch quickly settled on two potential candidates to fill his shoes.

Indeed, as Leeds have done on regularity already this summer, they were turning to the Red Bull franchise to fulfil that need. To that end, Leeds were considering both Tyler Adams of RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg’s Camara.

United have already brought in Rasmus Kristensen and Brenden Aaronson from the Austrian champions this summer.

However, it seems it is Adams who they are moving for. With Leipzig not standing in his way of a move, Leeds are reportedly closing on a £20m deal for the midfielder.

The American is a logical fit for Leeds. He has twice played under Whites manager Jesse Marsch well and operates in a similar fashion to Phillips. A big part of Leipzig’s recent success, he has fallen a little down the pecking order in recent times.

As for Camara, he’s a player Salzburg are also willing to sell. Indeed, the Malian has a £25.9m (€30m) release clause in his deal, meaning his exit could be triggered at any point this summer.

To that end, both Brighton – seeking a replacement for Yves Bissouma – and Leeds are among those keen. And reports as recently as Monday morning claimed the Whites were ready to meet that exit clause.

Tyler Adams is Leeds’ choice

However, it seems Leeds will only sign the one – and it looks like Adams is the one.

As a result, Salzburg have now set interested clubs a deadline of Thursday to decide if they want to sign him.

Amid the interest in his services, Camara had been excused from returning to pre-season training. However, if no offer is forthcoming, then he will be expected to rejoin his teammates by then.

Now, Red Bull Salzburg chief Christopher Freund has address the player’s future.

As per Salzburger Nachrichen, Leeds United are yet to submit an offer. And, speaking to the paper, Freund suggests a move to Elland Road now appears unlikely.

“Mo still has a three-year contract with us, so it’s also possible that he’ll continue to play in Salzburg,” he said. “I can’t predict if Leeds are also willing to buy him out of his contract. But in football, a lot can happen very quickly.”

Mohamed Camara facing transfer wait

With Leeds’ interest seemingly on the wane, Mohamed Camara will now have to see if Brighton follow up on their initial interest.

Freund believes both Leeds and Brighton have the financial means to sign the player. Furthermore, Salzburger Nachrichen also reckons the player is determined to secure a move to the Premier League this summer.

As it stands, however, the player may have to wait and return to pre-season training.

Leeds look unlikely to bid any time soon, with the Whites’ next target a new winger – Luis Sinisterra has been linked – and a new forward.

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