The Red Bulls could be adding as many as three players when the summer transfer window opens next week.
Entering Wednesday night’s game at the New England Revolution in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a 7-8-2, New York is looking to boost three platoons, according MSG Red Bulls Insider Kristian Dyer.
And the Major League Soccer team is loaded with allocation money as well, Dyer said.
During the Red Bulls pregame show on MSG Networks, Dyer said sources within the organization had told him that the team is focused on one center back “that they like,”
“He’s in his early 20s. He’s an international,” Dyer said. “They seem fairly optimistic that this will be the guy that they will be bringing in.”
The midfielder could be a wide player or a central mid, said Dyer, who added that the team also could sign a forward. He did not elaborate any more on the potential addition of attackers.
The Red Bulls have $700,000 in allocation money to play with this summer, the second most in the league behind the defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders ($900,000), according to Dyer.
“Red Bull is absolutely loaded with allocation money,” Dyer said. “I’m being told by my sources within the league, over $700,000 worth of allocation money, oodles of salary cap space.”
Dyer added: “So there’s a fair amount of [moves] that this team can be making in the summer transfer window next week.”
In an unrelated Red Bulls matter, Dyer said that several English teams were interested in New York City FC forward Jack Harrison, who has tallied eight times this season.
“Jack Harrison certainly is generating an awful lot of interest around the league,” Dyer said. “This is a young man with a lot of potential. We saw the goal he scored against the Red Bulls just a couple of weeks ago.”
At least one and perhaps two English Premier League teams are looking at Harrison, as well as several Championship sides, he added.
“But the price tag might become an issue here,” Dyer said. “I’m being told more money than what Matt Miazga demanded two years ago for a transfer free.”
In 2015, Miazga transferred to Chelsea (EPL) for a reported $5 million.