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Manchester City’s James McAtee discusses loan to Sheffield United (2022)

James McAtee: Manchester City midfielder James McAtee is discussing a loan move to Sheffield United after the Championship side made an offer on Monday.

Premier League trio Bournemouth, Leeds, and Nottingham Forest are leading the race to sign the former Blades attacking midfielder. La Liga side Villarreal has also shown an interest in the youngster.

The 19-year-old has made six appearances for Pep Guardiola and is highly thought of by the City manager. It was suspected that McAtee would remain as a member of the Nationals squad this summer, but that seems to have changed.

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 with Sporting Lisbon.

The 19-year-old was also impressed for City’s U23 side and ended the PL2 campaign last term with a 25-goal contribution in just under 2,000 minutes. The midfielder was also awarded a long-term contract extension.

McAtee is also a mainstay in England’s youth teams and earned his first call-up to the Under-21 team in June this year.

The Blades are hopeful that McAtee can have the same impact as Wolves’ Morgan Gibbs-White did during his loan spell last season.

Gibbs-White boasted a 20-goal contribution in 35 Championship appearances last term as Paul Heckingbottom’s side reached the play-off semi-finals.

United were beaten 1-0 by Watford in their opening game of the 2022-23 Championship season, showing their lack of strength.

Sheffield United have already signed highly-rated youngster Tommy Doyle on loan from the Citizens in the window.

The Blades have signed defender Anil Ahmed Hodzic 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 manage to complete a deal for McAtee it would represent a major coup after showing considerable interest in the youngster.

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