Man Utd eye bargain move for US sensation Taylor Booth

Robin Bairner
Robin Bairner
  • 4 Feb 2023 22:00 GMT
  • 5 min read
Taylor Booth

Taylor Booth could prove to be a transfer target for Manchester United next summer.

The American midfielder is having an excellent season at FC Utrecht and, according to the Daily Mail , is being closely watched by the Red Devils .

It is, of course, questionable whether Manchester United will actually bite next summer. The midfielder signed from Bayern Munich on a free transfer in 2022 and quickly managed to make his mark on Utrecht's play.

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It is not surprising that Erik ten Hag has the midfielder on a shortlist. The 21-year-old American has already played 14 times for FC Utrecht this season, scoring two goals and impressing with his all-round play.

The chance that Utrecht will eventually earn big money from the midfielder seems to be increasing by the week.

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According to English media, it is very likely that clubs from Italy and Spain will also be knocking on the door for Booth next summer.

Due to the increasing interest, there is a good chance that Manchester United will open channels to Utrecht in the near future. Ten Hag knows the club, of course, and hopes to benefit from it.

A possible bargain

Data from FootballTransfers shows that Booth currently has an Expected Transfer Value (xTV) of only €200,000. This is partly due to his free transfer last summer. Should interest increase in the coming weeks, there is a good chance that his xTV will explode.

In addition, Utrecht is in no hurry to sell the American youth international. After all, the midfielder has an ongoing contract until mid-2025.

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For Booth, it could mean a huge step in his career. The midfielder is still waiting for his debut in the US national team and hopes to earn a cap in the near future. If the call is not forthcoming, Booth can also choose Italy. The Utah-born midfielder also has an Italian passport.

For Booth, a transfer to Manchester United would at least bring him closer to his little brother. Zach Booth has been playing in Leicester City's youth academy since 2020.