Rumours linking Leeds United midfielder Tyler Adams with a surprise move to Manchester United cannot exactly be put to bed – and TEAMtalk can confirm his performances for the Whites are attracting admiring glances from Erik ten Hag.
The Red Devils’ new coach Ten Hag has already overseen a noticeable upturn in their results. Having been allowed to spend well over £200m over the summer, they are currently fifth in the table, having chalked up some noticeable scalps. Indeed, they have already beaten Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal this season, having also earned a deserved draw at Chelsea.
That said, their 6-3 mauling by Manchester City illustrates there remains a huge chasm between them and Pep Guardiola’s side.
Despite that, hopes are growing that Ten Hag can enjoy a successful debut season at Old Trafford.
And the next phase of his rebuilding work has seen a number of top stars linked with moves.
Indeed, he is reportedly keen to sign a £52m-rated goalkeeper as a potential successor to David Ge Gea.
However, Ten Hag is also looking at new arrivals in attack amid ongoing uncertainty surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo.
And he’s reportedly also eyeing a new right-back too, despite the excellent form of Diogo Dalot so far this season.
But the Manchester United boss is also reportedly keen to strengthen his midfield options.
They brought in Casemiro from Real Madrid over the summer for a fee which could ultimately top £70m.
But Frenkie de Jong was another top target and he’s a player they are reportedly still monitoring ahead of future windows.
And with a new midfielder seemingly on the agenda, reports earlier this week suggested Leeds star Adams is also attracting attention.
Tyler Adams will not be sold by Leeds
The USA star only moved to Elland Road over the summer in a £20m deal from RB Leipzig. And the 23-year-old New Yorker has quickly made himself a popular figure in West Yorkshire with some tenacious displays in midfield.
As such, Football Insider claims Adams’ performances have not gone unnoticed by Ten Hag and his staff.
The claim the Dutch boss is a long-term admirer of the midfielder and could look to bring him across the Pennines in 2023 in a controversial deal.
However, TEAMtalk’s transfer expert Graeme Bailey insists that while they do admire the player, Manchester United’s priorities currently lie elsewhere.
“I don’t believe another holding midfielder is that high on Man United’s wanted list in January,” Bailey said. “They will do business but this deal is highly unlikely at best.”
He added: “I think Adams and [fellow summer signing, Marc] Roca, have been pretty good since coming in. They look a really nice partnership in the middle. And Adams has been good enough to attract attention for a move in January from Manchester United.
“But I am told this will not happen. Leeds could do business in January, and they are potentially in danger of losing a big name. But that will not be Adams.”
Star could have future decision to make
Bailey continued: “Leeds are battling at the wrong end of the table and face another fight for survival. They can’t afford to lose a player like Tyler Adams and I don’t see this happening at all.”
Adams, and his Leeds teammate Brenden Aaronson, are likely to come up against England in their World Cup clash on November 25.
As such, there will be plenty of people keeping an eye on the Leeds’ performances before then. And not least Gareth Southgate.
Further down the line, Adams may well find himself in even greater demand. And Bailey also reckons Adams’ outlook could change were Leeds to ever part company with Marsch, who was a big factor behind his move.
“One potential caveat to Adams’ future could be whether he is happy to play on at Leeds under someone other than Jesse Marsch. That is a question he may need to ask himself one time in the future.”
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