By Pranav Shahaney

9th Dec, 2022 | 1:10pm

Fabrizio Romano issues update on Leeds United, Manchester City and Liverpool transfer battle for Kylan Midwood

Leeds United and Liverpool have reportedly lost the race to Manchester City to sign highly-rated Sheffield United sensation Kylan Midwood.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Newcastle were also keen on signing the under-15 player but all three clubs will now miss out on his services.

He’s already completed his medical and will soon be announced as a Manchester City player ahead of the January transfer window.

Via Twitter, Romano wrote, “Young talent update. Kylian Midwood will be unveiled as new Manchester City Academy player in the next days, medical has been completed. Midwood will sign the contract soon after beating three top English clubs. Confirmed.”

He also added, “They have beaten Chelsea, Liverpool, Leeds and Newcastle to the signing. City want to develop and sign the best young British talent and offer pathway to first team football.”

Was a tough ask

Since the takeover, City have been the example for most clubs in Europe not just for what they do on the pitch, but off it as well.

They don’t only have arguably the best squad and manager in the world, but also a terrific structure behind the scenes which includes a great academy system.

Thorp Arch has been famed for being a quick pathway to first-team football and there was a good chance that Midwood would’ve secured a senior break quicker in Yorkshire.

However, the prospect of playing for Manchester City proved to be too good to turn down and he will definitely make more money there once he’s eligible to sign a pro deal.

Liverpool and Newcastle will also be gutted as he’s one of the best players under the age of 16 and is only going to get better in the future.

If there is a chance to sign him at a later date, Leeds surely will explore it as they’ve always got an eye on young talent as they signed the likes of Darko Gyabi, Willy Gnonto and Sonny Perkins this summer.

In other Leeds United, 36 scouts recently showed up to watch multiple Leeds sensations with as many as four exits on the cards in the January transfer window.