With January approaching, speculation is mounting over who Manchester United will move for in the transfer market.
While the answer may well end up being ‘nobody’, names are continuing to be linked, and some of these potential additions could come more sharply into focus in the summer.
One player who United fans should be aware of, report The Athletic, is RB Leipzig star Tyler Adams.
New United assistant coach Chris Armas is described as ‘a big admirer of the 22-year-old’ who he worked with at New York Red Bulls.
At this stage, the transfer links are purely speculative based on United’s Leipzig connection sparked by interim boss Ralf Rangick, and yet, Adams is the type of player United might well be considering.
Tyler Adams: Factfile
1) Tyler Adams is a USA international who has 22 caps for his country. He made his debut for USA at just 18-years-old.
2) The 22-year-old is under contract with RB Leipzig until 2025 after joining the club from New York Red Bulls in 2019 for just £2 million.
3) Adams can play in both central midfield and at right-back, although midfield is his preferred position. This season he has made 11 of his 12 starts in midfield.
4) United could take advantage of a release clause in his contract. Teamtalk report this stands at £34 million.
5) Adams studies psychology in his spare time and believes this makes him a better player and more focused individual, telling Sky Sports it helps him cope with criticism.
Tyler Adams in his own words
Adams says he prefers his role as a defensive midfielder. He told Bundesliga.com: “My natural position is in the midfield. I’m able to do what I am best at, playing in that position: breaking up plays, winning the ball defensively for the team, pressuring the opponent. That’s what I’m really, really good at.”
He explained further that he idolises World Cup winning defensive midfielder Ngolo Kante, adding: “”The player I like the most, I mean, not in the Bundesliga, is N’golo Kante.
“He’s one of my favourite players to watch and, kind of, the guy I emulate my game of off but another player that is in the Bundesliga is Joshua Kimmich. He’s a top-quality player. He does all the little things right. He’s kind of the reason that Bayern Munich is so good.”
Adams is a top prospect, but one who is not yet the finished player. United would be buying potential, although if Ralf Rangnick and assistant coach Chris Armas decide to stick around beyond this season, then it could be attractive to sign Adams and develop him in-house.
German legend Philip Lahm told Bundesliga.com earlier this year he feared Adams’ development could be hampered by being seen as a utility player, commenting: “He’s very dynamic, he’s got a good footballing brain, but I’m not quite sure exactly where he fits in yet and where his journey will lead him.”
This season Adams has played regularly in midfield, but Leipzig’s results were not so good and manager Jesse Marsch lost his job.
Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni is having a better season, while Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara is substantially cheaper due to his expiring deal. Both players could be superior value to Adams, but the decision will rest with Rangnick and Armas, who know him well, and could view the 22-year-old as an ideal player to add into United’s team.
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