As reported by David Ornstein of The Athletic, Ligue 1’s FC Lorient are negotiating a transfer for Manchester City midfielder Josh Adam. The 18-year-old has played all but one of Manchester City’s U21 Premier League games this season, though he has not broken through to their first team.
The deal’s finer details are not yet finalised, but both parties are optimistic that an agreement can be reached: the Brittany side would seek to buy out the remaining 18 months of the Scotsman’s contract. Adam travelled to France this weekend to participate in the negotiations.
The potential move is testament to the Sky Blues’ productive youth system, led by soon-to-depart Jason Wilcox since 2017. Their youth strategy aims to offer young players a route either to the first team (such as Phil Foden and, more recently, Rico Lewis), or to top-level senior football elsewhere. In the case of Adam, this move would see the midfielder gain valuable playing time in France’s top league, where Les Merlus are seventh after an impressive first half of the season.
GFFN | Brendan Cox