By Sam Stone

28th Jul, 2022 | 10:45pm

Leeds United move for Manchester City talent James McAtee could see Lewis Bate leave on on-loan

Leeds United have been linked with a move for Manchester City youngster James McAtee and that could open the door for Lewis Bate to secure a loan exit.

The Daily Mail revealed on 27 July that Leeds are showing strong interest in McAtee and that City are open to letting the 19-year-old leave the Etihad on loan.

If the England under-20 international does join the club then it could well pave the way for Lewis Bate to leave Elland Road in search of more first-team minutes.

The Yorkshire Evening Post suggested on 7 July that Bate is one of a number of players that could leave on loan this summer.

McAtee does operate in a slightly more advanced midfield position than Bate, but nonetheless it is likely that a departure or two will have to occur to make room for further incomings.

Bate gained invaluable Premier League experience last season, particularly at the end of the campaign where he played against Chelsea and Arsenal in what were two huge games for the Whites.

The 19-year-old is clearly a talented player, but it may well be time for the youngster to go out on loan and get regular game time.

McAtee would be an exciting and youthful signing for Marsch to make with the City youngster enjoying a prolific time in City’s under-23 system scoring 27 times in 53 appearances, as well as amassing 19 assists.

He is certainly a player that will make an impact at the Etihad in the coming years.

Whether Leeds fans will be happy to lose one of their own youngsters and replace him with another club’s youth product, even temporarily, remains to be seen.

Both moves are certainly ones to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.

In other Leeds United news, this deal may be easier to complete as Charles De Ketelaere’s ongoing debacle takes another elongated twist.