Tyler Adams joins Blues on five-year deal

Tyler Adams (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Tyler Adams (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images) /
Tyler Adams in a game against Chelsea
Team USA midfielder Tyler Adams (left) has joined Chelsea from Leeds United. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images) /

Tyler Adams joins Chelsea after just 10 days of negotiations

The Blues have finalized the deal for Tyler Adams with a fee of 20M as confirmed by Fabrizio Romano, as per the relegation clause set by Leeds United. The player reportedly completed the initial part of his medical on Wednesday, with the remaining checks completed on Thursday, just ahead of the season’s opening weekend.

At the beginning of the transfer window, Chelsea had a list of midfielders under consideration, including Moises Caicedo from Brighton, Romeo Lavia from Southampton, and Tyler Adams who was at Leeds United. This was in anticipation of several potential departures this summer.

The Blues intend to get hold of two midfielders in this window and are determined to actively pursue the ones they had shortlisted.

Having given the most attention to Caicedo, Chelsea now faces the possibility of losing him to a last-minute move by Liverpool. Despite submitting a higher bid for Lavia two days ago, which exceeded Liverpool’s offer, Chelsea’s proposal was turned down by Southampton. Nevertheless, if they fail to secure Caicedo, Chelsea seems prepared to make another attempt for the 19-year-old, Lavia.

They must also handle the goalkeeper situation carefully, given Kepa Arrizabalaga’s advanced negotiations with Bayern Munich. Bayern has expressed interest in the Spaniard, potentially leaving Chelsea with newly signed Robert Sanchez and Marcus Bettinelli, who was initially the third-choice keeper when Edouard Mendy was still with the club.

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The announcement of the Tyler Adams signing has been overshadowed by the Caicedo situation. Nevertheless, despite the notably lower fee and injury associations, Adams could infuse a lot of energy into Chelsea’s midfield. He joined Leeds from RB Leipzig just last year and displayed his capabilities for his national team, making 36 appearances, including in the World Cup where he led the US National Team as captain.