Chelsea activate midfield target’s £20m ‘release clause’ after attempting to ‘hijack’ Liverpool transfer

Lewis Oldham
Chelsea set to sign Adams
Chelsea are set to sign Tyler Adams.

According to reports, Chelsea have ‘met the £20m release clause’ in Tyler Adams’ contract and they are now set to sign him from Leeds United.

Adams made the move to the Premier League last summer as around £20m was spent by Leeds United to sign him from Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig.

Leeds endured a nightmare season in 2022/23 as they suffered relegation from the Premier League. But Adams was one of their standout performers and he was sorely missed during the run-in while he was out injured.

The United States international has been heavily linked with a move away from Leeds United this summer, with Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest among the clubs interested in him.

In recent weeks, Chelsea have emerged as his most likely destination and Sky Sports revealed on Thursday morning that they have ‘met his £20m release clause’.

The report adds: ‘One source has told us Adams will have a medical in the next 24 hours.’

Chelsea are currently focused on strengthening in midfield following the exits of N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount earlier this summer.

The Blues have been heavily linked with Brighton’s Moises Caicedo but they are yet to meet his £100m valuation. Their highest offer for the Ecuador international was worth around £80m.

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Top Liverpool target Romeo Lavia is a cheaper alternative and The Evening Standard are reporting that ‘Chelsea have made a £48million offer for the Southampton midfielder in a bid snatch him’ from under the noses of their rivals. They add.

‘Liverpool have been in talks over the 19-year-old all summer but they have had three bids rejected and Chelsea have swooped to hijack their deal.’

‘Chelsea want to sign two players to transform their midfield and are also optimistic they have made a breakthrough in talks over Moises Caicedo from Brighton.

‘Chelsea have also made progress in their move for Caicedo after a successful round of talks with Brighton on Wednesday.

‘The Blues have discussed a payment structure over a £90m package which will include a further £10m in add-ons, and are increasingly confident of striking a deal for the 21-year-old Ecuador international.

‘That would get the fee to the £100m that Brighton are demanding. Caicedo has already agreed personal terms on a move to Stamford Bridge and missed training this week in a bid to force through a deal.’

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