Leeds United have been tipped to launch a bid to secure a permanent move for Manchester City midfielder James McAtee.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, journalist Ryan Taylor had this to say on the matter.
He said: “I think McAtee is one that Leeds will look at permanently. They’re partial to that kind of deal. We saw them sign Lewis Bate from Chelsea, that kind of high potential youngster that they’re willing to invest in, although it hasn’t quite worked out yet.”
Over those appearances, the 19-year-old has scored 44 goals and delivered 27 assists in the process.
His latest campaign saw the midfielder score 18 goals and provide seven assists in 23 league appearances for City’s U23s.
He also made six senior appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side, showing that he is on the fringes of breaking into the first team.
Should the Manchester club not be able to guarantee regular senior minutes for the teenager next season, perhaps a move away from the Etihad Stadium could be the best next step for him and his development.
Taking all of this into account, it’s safe to suggest that the Englishman would be an exciting signing for the Yorkshire club and have a lot of Leeds supporters buzzing to have such a promising young player in their ranks.
As Taylor also mentioned, the Whites have not been shy when it comes to signing young players from clubs across England.
In addition to Bate, figures such as Joe Gelhardt and Sean McGurk have made moves to Elland Road in recent years, highlighting just how eager the club can be when it comes to securing deals for young talents and developing them for the future.
Moving forward, if the Whites see an opportunity to potentially secure a loan, or even a permanent deal for the City starlet, this is definitely something that they should look to explore, as the possible long-term benefits could be huge for the club.