Chelsea make move for US midfielder Tyler Adams as Moises Caicedo pursuit continues

Tyler Adams playing for Leeds United last season - Chelsea make move for US midfielder Tyler Adams as Moises Caicedo pursuit continues
Tyler Adams could offer Mauricio Pochettino a solution to his midfield problems - AP/Rui Vieira

Chelsea are set to move for USA midfielder Tyler Adams to bolster Mauricio Pochettino’s squad for the new season and remain intent on signing Moises Caicedo before the start of the campaign.

Adams, 24, is poised to leave Leeds United after their relegation from the Premier League last season, with several players in their squad having undisclosed release clauses that could see clubs buy them for a fixed amount.

With Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek leaving this summer, Chelsea have been looking to bolster their central-midfield area. Conor Gallagher is also wanted by Tottenham. Caicedo is their primary target but there has been no breakthrough yet, with Brighton looking for £100 million to land the Ecuador midfielder.

Sources told Telegraph Sport how Chelsea have had multiple bids rejected for Caicedo this summer, the latest of which is understood to have been worth £80 million, but have not given up hope of bringing the 21-year-old to Stamford Bridge.

Adams is seen as a deal independent of the Caicedo pursuit but also a player who would compete for a first-team place under Pochettino. He emerged from Leeds’ relegation campaign with his reputation still high among European teams, having missed the last two months of the season through injury.

He had played at the World Cup with America months earlier where he captained his country in Qatar. After Chelsea’s interest emerged over the weekend, other clubs looking for a central midfielder made enquiries but Pochettino remains in pole position to land him.

Chelsea will continue to negotiate for Caicedo but it is thought that Declan Rice’s £105 million move from West Ham to Arsenal has set a benchmark for a player of his level, age, and potential. According to sources, it may take a nine-figure deal to land Caicedo even if Rice’s fee is not matched.

In a busy summer, Chelsea have also looked at attacking midfielders including Crystal Palace’s Michael Olise and Mohammed Kudus, who Brighton are also in the race for. Pochettino would also like a striker.

The first match of the Pochettino era comes this Sunday, as Chelsea host Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.