The Athletic understands Adams is on the list of central midfielders who Leeds are considering moving for with Kalvin Phillips set to complete his transfer from Elland Road to Manchester City.
Phillips’ pending departure leaves Leeds in the market for a replacement, with Adams among the names who the Yorkshire club have been analysing in this window.
The 23-year-old is expected to move on from Leipzig after four seasons with the German Bundesliga side, despite holding a contract to 2025.
Adams made 24 Bundesliga appearances last season but only 12 of those were starts. He started in 20 of his 35 Leipzig appearances in all competitions.
Despite his lack of consistent starts, Adams has remained a regular fixture for Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT. Adams has started eight of the 10 US games in 2022, captaining the side on three occasions.
Adams will need regular game time this coming season, with the Qatar World Cup on the horizon. His minutes at Leipzig are likely to be threatened by the arrival of Xaver Schlager from Wolfsburg, also a central midfielder.
Adams and Leeds’ head coach Jesse Marsch have worked together before at New York Red Bulls. Sources in Germany have told The Athletic that Leipzig are willing to allow Adams to leave on a temporary basis with a view to a permanent move.
With Phillips poised to complete his transfer to City and Chelsea and Barcelona pushing to land Raphinha, Leeds will attempt to ramp up their transfer business ahead of their pre-season tour to Australia in 10 days’ time.
Chelsea are ready to meet Leeds’ demands for Raphinha, with a total offer worth in excess of £60 million, but that move is yet to progress with Raphinha favouring a switch to the Camp Nou. Barcelona, however, are still to meet the Brazilian’s valuation.
Leeds also want a new winger and forward and are continuing to vie strongly for the signature of Club Brugge prospect Charles De Ketelaere.
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— to theathletic.com