Like Arsenal did with Thomas Partey last summer, the club may be looking to activate a release clause to kick off their summer spending.
The Gunners have been linked with a move for Tyler Adams. Adams is a key part of the setup at RB Leipzig, but according to CBS Sports, Arsenal have been given encouragement as the player appears to have a release clause in his contract. What exactly that clause is, remains to be seen.
They do go on to say in their report though that Arsenal are just one of a number of Premier League clubs considering making a move for Adams, and that Arsenal may not be the best placed.
WhoScored recently tweeted that Adams managed a better tackle success rate (71.4%), than anyone in Arteta’s whole squad.
Furthermore, the 22-year-old also averaged 1.1 interceptions and managed an 86.1% pass success rate when making over 46 attempts each league outing.
Adams, like many RB Leipzig players, has great versatility. This season for his club he played on the right of a five and a four-man defence. In defensive midfield and in a slightly more advanced midfield role.
This versatility could be hugely beneficial to Arsenal who are looking to recruit in both the right-back and central midfield positions.
Amongst Adams’s best attributes is his physical and dribbling qualities. He is very athletic, a quality often missing in Arsenal’s team. With great pace but also stamina, you’d expect he would be able to adapt well to life in the Premier League.
It’s not clear whether Arsenal are looking to sign Adams as a right-back or a central midfielder, but with Granit Xhaka set to leave, the need for midfield reinforcements is perhaps more pressing at this moment.