By Joe Roberts

29th Jul, 2023 | 11:40am

Tyler Adams £20million Leeds United release clause emerges as Aston Villa want transfer

Leeds United midfielder Tyler Adams has a relegation release clause in the region of £20million amid interest from Aston Villa, according to The Athletic.

The outlet reported (28 July) that the American could be secured for the same price he cost Leeds after the Whites’ relegation from the Premier League last season.

The Athletic also reported last month (23 June) that Villa had registered interest in Adams, who is a top target for Unai Emery.


Adams may not be an immediate starter for Emery’s side, but to secure a player of his quality for such a low fee would be a no-brainer especially if they still hold interest.

Villa’s midfield pivot of Douglas Luiz and Boubacar Kamara proved effective last season, and with the addition of Youri Tielemans on a free transfer, Adams could struggle to break into the side.

Adams has proved he is adept at ball recovery and breaking up opposition play. The US international can boast 3.72 tackles per 90 (99th percentile) and 2.00 blocks per 90 (98th percentile) [FBRef], meaning he would be very useful for Emery’s side in this respect.

However, if he wants to be a regular starter he must improve the progressive side of his game, with just 5.68 progressive passes per 90 (64th percentile) and 0.79 progressive carries per 90 (24th percentile).

That being said, Emery has a track record of improving players and at just 24 years of age, Adams could be moulded into an ideal Villa player.

Commercially, having one of the stars of the US national team in the side could do a lot to boost Villa’s overseas support, with football continuing to grow across the Atlantic.

Villa already had interest, but now their interest is likely to grow if they can secure Adams on a cheaper deal.

In other Aston Villa news, a broadcaster has made a strong claim about new signing Moussa Diaby.