Manchester City midfielder James McAtee is discussing a loan move to Sheffield United after the Championship side made an offer on Monday.
The Blades are leading the race to sign the attacking midfielder ahead of Premier League trio Bournemouth, Leeds and Nottingham Forest. LaLiga side Villarreal have also expressed an interest in the youngster.
The 19-year-old has made six appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side and is highly-thought of by the City manager. It was suspected that McAtee would remain as a member of the Citizens’ squad this summer, but that appears to have changed.
Sheffield United are discussing a loan for midfielder James McAtee with Manchester City
The midfielder made his Premier League debut as a substitute in City’s 3-0 win over Everton last November. McAtee was also handed a taste of Champions League football in the second leg of the last-16 clash with Sporting Lisbon.
The 19-year-old also excelled for City’s U23 side and ended the PL2 campaign last term with 25 goal contributions in just under 2000 minutes. The midfielder was also rewarded with a long-term contract extension.
McAtee is also a mainstay in the England youth teams and received his first call-up to the under-21 team in June this year.
Bournemouth, Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Villarreal are also interested in the 20-year-old
McAtee made six appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side last term in a breakout campaign
The Blades are hopeful that McAtee can have the same impact as Wolves’ Morgan Gibbs-White did last season during his loan.
Gibbs-White boasted 20 goal contributions in 35 Championship appearances last term as Paul Heckingbottom’s side reached the play-offs semi-finals.
United were defeated 1-0 by Watford in their opening game of the 2022-23 Championship season, suggesting their lack of firepower.
Morgan Gibbs-White enjoyed a stunning loan deal at Bramall Lane last season
Sheffield United United have already signed highly-rated youngster Tommy Doyle on loan from the Citizens earlier in the window.
The Blades have also made the addition of defender Anel Ahmedhodzic for £4million this summer, while Heckingbottom has made no secret of the fact that the rest of their business will revolve around free transfers and loans.
If they are able to complete a deal for McAtee it would represent a major coup after there was plenty of interest shown in the youngster.