Leeds: £26m star 'really excited' by Elland Road interest

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Leeds United may decide to not move forward on the potential transfer of RB Salzburg and Mali midfielder Mohamed Camara because of the club’s imminent signing of Tyler Adams, according to Dean Jones.

The Whites had been interested in Camara, but the deal for RB Leipzig midfielder Adams looks to have ended those negotiations.

GiveMeSport Transfer Update With Dean Jones
GiveMeSport Transfer Update With Dean Jones

What’s the latest on Camara?

The deal for Camara looks to have fallen through with the other deals that Leeds are pursuing this summer.

The signing of Adams and Luis Sinisterra seem to be imminent announcements, whilst Leeds are also known to be scouting Club Brugge attacking midfielder Charles De Ketelaere.

Camara seems to be the victim of Leeds’ potentially explosive transfer window, with the seemingly inevitable departure of Raphinha likely to enable the club to spend big to replace their talismanic winger this summer.

And Jones believes that the inevitable incomings over the upcoming weeks means that a deal for the 15-time Mali international looks unlikely as it stands.

What has Jones said about Camara?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “The other guy we’ve seen talked about is Camara.

“That’s been a pretty mad one to watch unfold, because he’s really had his head turned by all the interest, and the last update I had is that he was really excited by the proposition of joining Leeds.

“But while he’s someone they really like, I’m not 100% convinced that they’re now going to move forward with that one, because of the Adams situation.”

Could Leeds still move for Camara later on in the window?

As it stands, it seems unlikely that Leeds will fund a deal to bring another midfielder to the club, although they may feel that Adams alone will not be enough to replace the presence of Kalvin Phillips, who was sold to Manchester City for up to £45m this month.

Though his signing seems unlikely, it’s clear to see why the club thought he could be a useful addition to their midfield.

The £26m-valued talisman made 37 appearances for Salzburg last season, scoring one goal and providing five assists from holding midfield, according to Transfermarkt.

But it’s the defensive side of midfield where Camara’s talents lie, ranking in the top 15% of midfielders across Europe’s top five leagues and European competition for both interceptions and blocks per 90 minutes (2.29 and 2.02 respectively) according to FBref.

And an average SofaScore rating of 7.20 for the 22-year-old’s performances in the Austrian Bundesliga last season shows that he is capable of playing well on a consistent basis, something which Marsch would love to add to his midfield.

Whilst it is unlikely that Leeds will acquire Camara’s services during this transfer window, you wouldn’t be surprised if he was plying his trade in a Premier League football ground soon.

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