Tyler Adams will complete his Leeds medical today with the final fee confirmed, while fellow potential new arrival, Luis Sinisterra, has been tipped to make a Luis Diaz-type impact.
Leeds are on the cusp of completing two important deals. Tyler Adams will replace Kalvin Phillips in midfield after the former Leeds favourite joined Man City earlier this week.
In the forward line, Luis Sinisterra is poised to arrive from Feyenoord and could be viewed as the successor to Raphinha.
Regarding Adams, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on the RB Leipzig man.
Romano confirmed Adams, 23, has a deal in place worth £20m including add-ons. The American will reportedly undergo a medical today and if passed, official confirmation of his arrival could soon follow.
Tyler Adams will sign a ‘long-term deal’, expected to be for five years.
The midfielder could quickly be joined at Elland Road by Luis Sinisterra.
Feyenoord are poised to generate a club-record fee for the Colombian with Leeds agreeing a deal worth £21.5m.
His deal will run until 2027 and international team-mate, Davinson Sanchez, reckons Premier League defences might be in for a shock.
The Tottenham defender detailed Sinisterra’s best traits, and stressed he’ll be able to make a similar level of impact as Luis Diaz has at Anfield.
Sinisterra a battler
“Leeds is competitive. It is a team that everyone knows, for which coach (Marcelo) Bielsa worked for a long time,” Sanchez said (via Caught Offside).
“Lucho (Sinisterra) has been doing very well. He played in a European tournament final (the UEFA Conference League). He’s earned his place in the Netherlands. He has qualities. He showed them in the national team.
“If he has the chance to come (to Leeds), he will compete. And I think what he has in his favour is that this is a league of duels. He is very strong in duels and will be able to make a difference like Luis Diaz.
“If he comes, best of luck.”
What can Leeds expect from Tyler Adams, Sinisterra?
Adams faces the unenviable task of replacing Kalvin Phillips. However, his underlying statistics do suggest he’ll give it a mighty fine go.
Via FootballFanCast, Adams ranked in the top two percent of all midfielders in Europe’s top five league last year in the blocks per 90 minutes metric.
Elsewhere, he was among the top 20 percent for both passes attempted and pressures, and the top 25 percent for passes completed and progressive carries.
Sinisterra, meanwhile, is right-footed and operates primarily on the left wing. That suggests either Daniel James or Jack Harrison will shift over to the right flank to occupy Raphinha’s spot – if the Brazilian leaves.
Sinisterra plundered a whopping 23 goals and 14 assists across all competitions last season. If the Colombian comes anywhere even remotely close to those numbers next season, Leeds will have pulled off a masterstroke.