Tyler Adams has said his “goodbyes” to his Red Bull Leipzig team-mates, according to head coach Domenico Tedesco and is bound for Leeds United.
Adams has been earmarked as the replacement for Kalvin Phillips. The England man completed his £42m transfer, plus £3m in add-ons, to Manchester City on Monday. It’s an unenviable task for 23-year-old Adams, who has agreed a £20m move from the German club.
The USA international will travel to the UK on Tuesday to finalise personal terms and take a medical.
According to Fabrizio Romano, defensive midfielder Adams is the man Jesse Marsch wanted. He of course knows all about the former New York Red Bulls man from his time in New York and in Germany.
Leeds are hoping to get the deal done before Leeds’ flight to Australia for pre-season on Friday.
Adams was missing from Leipzig training on Tuesday and Tedesco has confirmed Adams’ imminent move to Elland Road.
The Italian also revealed some of the reasons for Adams’ departure.
“He said goodbye to the team on Monday. The topic is so far through,” he said via RBlive.
“He was very liked here, he’s a really good player and a fine character, it hurts to say goodbye.
Tyler Adams wanted first-team football
“But you have to be honest with each other. If a player is unhappy with his playing time – we have an extremely large number of players in the centre (midfield)- then you have to understand him and fulfill his wishes.”
The New Yorker only made 12 Bundesliga starts last season. And once the button on Phillip’s transfer to Man City had been pressed, Leeds wasted little time.
Adams was also keen to concrete his place in the USA World Cup squad by securing a move where he would get more game time. He will surely get that at Leeds under Marsch.
The Athletic reporter Phil Hay initially claimed that Leipzig could let Adams go on loan for the upcoming season, with a view to a permanent deal.
The American is under contract with Leipzig until 2025. But Leeds have managed to secure a permanent deal for the player.