By Mark Smith

2nd Jul, 2022 | 4:10pm

Leeds United now desperate to seal transfer for Manchester City wonderkid James McAtee

Leeds United are desperate to snare Manchester City wonderkid James McAtee to Elland Road this summer, according to the Scottish Sun.

The newspaper has reported on their website that numerous Championship clubs, as well as Brighton, are in the race for the English attacking midfielder.

It is shared that Scottish giants Rangers are going to show their cards first though, with an audacious bid set to go flying into the Premier League champions.

Pep Guardiola certainly has a decision to make.

Flash back six months and Rangers attempted and failed with a loan bid to take McAtee to Ibrox, so something must have changed during pre-season for this new bid.

That may have alerted clubs like Leeds though, who are looking for midfield reinforcements of their own given the imminent exit of Kalvin Phillips at Elland Road.

With the Yorkshire Pirlo moving to Manchester City, surely the lines of negotiation could stay open as they look to bring McAtee across the Pennines.

Magic.

Victor Orta usually gets what he wants at Leeds, and if he is now desperate for this move, there could be a high likelihood that it happens in the end.

Having said that, City and Guardiola have been stubborn over McAtee for quite some time now, and with the likes of Raheem Sterling potentially moving on, there could be more game-time available next season.

McAtee has featured in the Premier League and the Champions League and will be crying out for more consistent minutes each week, but they are always hard to come by at the Etihad.

Phil Foden is the obvious exception, of course, but that amount of exposure clearly only happens once in a lifetime.

It happens nearly every other month at Elland Road and McAtee could easily be shown the proof to back up the stats that young players get plenty of opportunity under Jesse Marsch.

This is certainly one to keep an eye, but don’t hold out huge hope.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites now want to sign this striker with a rival set to kickstart a major £30million+ transfer battle