The transfer window this summer will be slightly different from last year.

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Ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in November, players on the back of their clubs will be looking for a new home with the promise of great opportunities. However, the flip side of this motivation is the uncertainty of the unknown: will the player find the culture of the new club suitable? If the player’s current situation is less than desirable, is this known value preferable to the risk of moving to a new team only to find that things could get worse?

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It’s a strange dichotomy for the transfer market: players will be more interested than ever in securing a move if it means improving their chances of making it into their country’s World Cup squad, while at the same time being extremely careful to avoid any chance to put them. place in Qatar 2022 under threat.

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It’s an enigma that reverberates throughout the US men’s national team player pool. Should Christian Pulisic leave Chelsea for a club that guarantees him first choice status? Should Tyler Adams leave RB Leipzig for the same reasons?

And as American players become more mainstream in the Old World, will clubs – especially in Europe’s “Big Five” leagues – continue to import up-and-coming talent from Major League Soccer? Or poach USMNT prospects languishing in the second divisions and some of the continent’s minor leagues?

To get an idea of ​​how this transfer window could unfold for the US men’s national team and those looking to represent their country at the top level in the near future, Sportzshala asked Jeff Carlyle and Kyle Bonagura to detail the situations surrounding the five most likely players. This summer the Americans will find a new club.

Tyler Adams | 23 | Midfielder | RB Leipzig

After starting the season under Jesse Marsh at RB Leipzig, Adams’ playing time was reduced by the American manager’s sacking, and the 23-year-old finished the season about 500 minutes less in the Bundesliga than the previous year. This trajectory left Adams’ future at the club in doubt. He told Sportzshala last week that he would be open to the move, suggesting the new opportunity would give him the right balance to grow and contribute. Adams would have had several fans in Europe if he tried to force a move, but he said he was in no hurry to leave Leipzig.

Given his strong relationship with Marsh, who coached him at the New York Red Bulls, a move to Leeds – where Brenden Aaronson has already moved – is intriguing. It’s not that simple, though, Adams said. “He helped me a lot in my career, but in terms of going there just because he’s there, I don’t know if that necessarily makes sense. player. And that I fit into the team and their style of play.”

He is Team USA’s best defensive midfielder and the player best suited to captain the team, but it’s reasonable to assume that inconsistent playing time could affect his position. –Bonagura

Luke from the Tower | 24 | Midfielder | Hercules Almelo

Earlier this month, De la Torre told Sportzshala he has a permanent agreement with Hercules that he could leave the club this summer, an agreement that is independent of the club’s relegation from the Eredivisie. He added: “I’m waiting [the transfer] happen, hopefully sooner rather than later.

The 24-year-old Fulham academy graduate has looked brilliant in recent matches for the US men’s team. the best players on your team. His time with Hercules, where he was a regular starter, is likely to draw more attention. De la Torre’s work at the Dutch club saw him return to the US national team, although the club’s relegation was a bitter pill to swallow.

A source familiar with the situation added that there is interest across Europe, including clubs in the Netherlands, Germany and France. — Carlisle

Gabriel Slonina | 18 | Goalkeeper | Chicago Fire

The source confirmed the message Fabrizio Romanoas well as Tom Bogert at MLSSoccer.com that Chelsea are ahead of Real Madrid in acquiring a flame keeper, although the situation remains volatile. Earlier this month, Sportzshala reported that Madrid had been delayed by Chicago’s asking price, which appeared to create an opportunity for the Blues. Chelsea came close to signing Slonina earlier this year before the club was sanctioned due to then-owner Roman Abramovich’s ties to the Russian government and his invasion of Ukraine.

Any transaction will include a return of credit to Fire. Such a move would be appropriate given Slonina’s erratic form of late, which has cost Chicago points in the standings. By staying in Chicago, the Addison, Illinois native will have a chance to get back on his feet and regain his confidence before heading overseas.

As with any move a young player makes, there is a risk involved. Chelsea are well known for their loan army of players, including American defender Matt Miazga. But the opportunity to succeed in one of the biggest clubs in the world, not to mention a significant raise in Slonina’s salary, is probably too good an offer to pass up. — Carlisle

Reggie Cannon | 24 | Protect | Good view

As Cannon prepares for his return to Boavista in Portugal, he is doing a lot in the World Cup squad bubble. It’s clear that Sergino Dest is the first-picked right-back, but the competition for the reserve spot – or, if Dest plays left – remains open. Having played nine times in World Championship qualifying (against Cannon’s only two), DeAndre Yedlin looked to have the upper hand, but Cannon started and finished three of his four games at right-back in recent camp.

Sources told Sportzshala that on several occasions Cannon came close to quitting Boavista and will again be looking for a new destination to start the season. His priorities are not unique: consistent playing time in his preferred position. Cannon spent time playing as a right centre-back in Boavista’s back three, which, if this continued, would not have been the ideal way for him to make himself known to USMNT boss Gregg Berhalter. –Bonagura

Gianluca Busio | 20 | Midfielder | Venice

Venezia’s relegation from Serie A – the club finished last in the league with 27 points – means Bushio’s contract could see the US midfielder on loan for free for the upcoming season, though the source added the deal was up to Busio. signing a contract extension. Whether he will go out on loan is still an open question, including how much Busio’s World Cup prospect will suffer while playing in Serie B and how much he is valued by new manager Ivan Javorcic.

Sources tell Sportzshala that Venezia are keen to have Busio stay and help them with their bid to return to Italy’s top flight, and Busio’s goals may be better off if he stays there. He is known at the club after making 29 league appearances last season, 23 of them as a starter, and his ability to adapt to the country’s culture is a challenge that has already been overcome. Serie B is also a competitive league, so it’s likely that Busio’s level of edginess won’t suffer if he plays regularly, which seems likely. But the temptation to stay in Serie A or move to one of Europe’s Big Five leagues may be too great to pass up, even given the level of risk involved in having to prove yourself at a new club. — Carlisle