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Report: Leeds scout Manchester City academy forward Charlie McNeill

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Report: Leeds scout Manchester City academy forward Charlie McNeill

Leeds United are reportedly scouting teenage forward Charlie McNeill from Manchester City.

According to the Daily Mail, Marcelo Bielsa’s side and Wolverhampton Wanderers are both tracking the 16-year-old rising star, amid contract talks about his future.

It is understood that Manchester United are in discussions about signing the prolific striker, who is exiting the Etihad Stadium after rejecting a professional deal with the Premier League top-four club.

The report explains that because McNeill doesn’t turn 17 until September the two Manchester clubs have to agree a fee or it will be settled by a tribunal.

 

McNeill confirmed his imminent Man City departure on Instagram and SI.com claimed a couple of weeks ago that German side RB Leipzig had agreed a deal for him.

He is an in-demand centre-forward that has been a goal machine at youth level, but is yet to make any kind of senior appearance and it will be intriguing to see his future.

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TBR’s View:

Leeds look unlikely to win any kind of pursuit for striker McNeill, with both Man United and Leipzig both heavily linked with him at this moment.

But there is no doubt that Elland Road once again can be a pulling power now that Premier League football is on offer next season and also youngsters should want to join under manager Marcelo Bielsa, who has shown he’s prepared to give youth an opportunity.

The Yorkshire giants have an excellent academy that continues to pump out promising young players and midfield star Kalvin Phillips is one of the major successes from that in recent years.

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