English Premier League side Chelsea may have seen one U.S. men’s national team star depart this summer but is closing in on acquiring another.
Tyler Adams will reportedly join the Blues after Chelsea trigged his £20 million relegation clause from Leeds United, Sky Sports among others reported Thursday. Adams has reportedly agreed to personal terms with Chelsea and is set to complete his medical by end of the week.
The 24-year-old has been sidelined since mid-March after suffering a hamstring injury with the Lilywhites during their Premier League campaign.
He made 26 combined appearances under Jesse Marsch and Javi Gracia following his transfer from RB Leipzig last summer.
Adams’ injury has forced him to miss USMNT duty this summer as the Americans repeated as Concacaf Nations League winners. Gregg Berhalter was rehired as head coach and will return to the sidelines during the September international window.
He now joins a Chelsea midfield which features Enzo Fernandez, Conor Gallagher, and Carney Chukwuemeka. Moises Caicedo also remains linked with the Blues from Brighton & Hove Albion.
Chelsea endured a horrid season under Thomas Tuchel, Graham Potter and Frank Lampard, finishing 12th in the Premier League. The Blues reached the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League, but were suffered third round exits in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup respectively.
Mauricio Pochettino has since been hired as the Blues new manager and will begin his competitive reign in charge on August 13 against Liverpool.