In theory, it should not even be a consideration for Tyler Adams to leave RB Leipzig this summer. It was not until March that he agreed on a new contract that linked him to the German side until 2025. Next season, he will be reunited with Jesse Marsch, the man who gave him his professional debut in the New York Red Bulls in 2016.
“Meeting him again, going for trophies together, competing in the Champions League together is going to be really special,” Adams said earlier this month as he discussed the prospect of working with Marsch again. “When you can be coached by an American in Europe, it will be really cool.”
No matter who the manager, Adams has been and seems to be a key wheel in Leipzig. The American international was in 27 of their 34 Bundesliga matches this season, playing 62 percent of the available minutes. But for injuries early and late in the campaign, both of those numbers would be higher. That he also played every minute of the Champions League round with 16 draws against Liverpool provides proof of that.
And yet this reality has done little to deter parties in England from monitoring Adam’s situation in the Bundesliga. Arsenal are among the clubs that are seriously interested in the 22-year-old, but they are not alone. CBS Sports actually understands that several other top-class Premier League clubs are also showing interest, including teams taking part in European competitions, and that some of them are better placed to secure Adams’ signature than the Gunners.
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Although RB Leipzig will be disgusted by losing Adams, they may not be able to do anything about it. Sources have told CBS Sports that the American has a release clause in his contract that could be activated this summer.
In the Premier League and in the rest of Europe, there is growing interest in the budding generation that makes up Gregg Berhalter’s American men’s national team. Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Adams have had strong seasons on sides that have reached the final stages of the Champions League. That such players will also offer a significant marketing blessing in the United States only adds to their peel.
Especially for the Gunners, Adam’s peel lies in his versatility. In his 66 appearances for Leipzig, the New Yorker has been predominantly deployed as one of two defensive midfielders, but for Arsenal he would more often be used as a right-back, albeit one who occupies more central areas with Mikel Arteta preferring players in that position. , who can step infield while Kieran Tierney overturns on the left flank.
Arteta’s side are expected to aggressively pursue options in the position if Hector Bellerin gets his wish to leave this summer, though they may find it a difficult task to secure Adams without European football. CBS Sports only revealed in February that the curtain intends to leave Arsenal, who have set a price of $ 28 million for the Spaniard under interest from La Liga.
Although most of Adams’ football in recent years has come in central midfield, he has shown many of the attributes that English clubs would want in a backback. He completes 57 percent of the take-ons he tries in the Bundesliga and Champions League when utilized on the right and gets an average of 6.39 ball recoveries, significantly higher than the 5.44 that is the average for Premier League right-backs.
Arsenal are not the only club looking for opportunities on their right side. Chelsea want to strengthen in this position to provide competition for Reece James, and while their current focus is on the pursuit of Achraf Hakimi, Adams would be a comfortable fit for Thomas Tuchel’s 3-4-3 system.
Adam’s versatility at such a young age means he will always be much appreciated if he continues with his current path in Germany. Likewise, the type of player a Leipzig will be reluctant to lose him, even if they need to trim their squad number, as CEO Oliver Mintzlaff acknowledged would be the case earlier this year. Whether he stays or goes, it is clear that Adams does not lack admirers.