Report: Leeds showing strong interest in James McAtee loan deal
Leeds United are amongst the clubs showing strong interest in a loan deal for Manchester City youngster James McAtee, according to a report from the Daily Mail.
The Whites are continuing their push to bolster their ranks ahead of the new season. Of course, an attacking player looks to be the priority, with Charles De Ketelaere one name mentioned.
But they may also be looking at other options as they look to strengthen in the final third. And one of the names on their radar is McAtee.
The 19-year-old has only made a handful of appearances for the Manchester City first-team. But he has made a big impression in the club’s youth ranks.
In total, he has scored 26 goals and contributed 16 assists in 46 games in Premier League 2. And a number of sides are now interested in the teenager.
According to the Daily Mail, Leeds, Nottingham Forest, Bournemouth and Villarreal are all very keen on a loan deal for McAtee.
City are open to a temporary move. But the Cityzens want assurances over how much he will play before he leaves the Etihad Stadium.
Leeds showing strong interest in James McAtee
McAtee would potentially be an exciting signing for Leeds. He clearly has a huge ceiling. So he could contribute plenty to Jesse Marsch’s side should he end up at Elland Road.
But a move would be a potential gamble, too. Leeds’ season could arguably go either way. So providing City with assurances over game-time would be risky in case he is not quite ready for regular first-team football.
Pep Guardiola noted that he ‘has the quality‘ earlier this year. But he is still learning and developing. Leeds may therefore, may be wary of offering too much.
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