Report: Leeds desperate to sign one Manchester City player and could ask for him in Phillips deal
Leeds United could ask Manchester City to include young midfielder, James McAtee, as part of any deal which sees Kalvin Phillips go the other way.
Leeds are bracing themselves for an official bid from City when it comes to star man, Phillips. The England midfielder is thought to be open to a new challenge, and Pep Guardiola is a big fan. However, Leeds won’t be lying down when it comes to negotiations and they’ll want what they think Phillips is worth, thought to be around £50m.
And according to The Athletic, Leeds could push the boat out further and look to get young midfielder McAtee thrown into any deal as well. It’s claimed that Leeds are huge fans of the youngster and would love to sign him. And while City want to keep him around for now, The Athletic suggests City could buckle if the deal for Phillips drags on.
McAtee recently signed a new contract at The Etihad but City will want to see him develop in the coming season. If a move to Leeds or elsewhere is best for that, then Pep Guardiola might well consider a move.
TBR’s View: Leeds Are Right To Ask The Question
Manchester City have a wealth of riches in their squad and if Leeds are going to sell them Kalvin Phillips, then it’s only right that Jesse Marsch looks who he can get in return.
McAtee certainly looks some player from the glimpses we’ve seen already. He has shades of some of the more senior players about him and some in Manchester already label him the ‘Salford Silva’. That nickname, of course, is a nod to the legend that is David Silva.
For Leeds, this summer is about improving the squad depth. And if they can get a player like McAtee, who has something to prove in his young career, it could be a big boost.
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