By Azeem Siddiqui

23rd Jul, 2022 | 9:45am

Manchester City open to let Leeds United-target James McAtee leave on loan

Manchester City are open to letting Leeds United-target James McAtee leave on loan in the summer, according to The Athletic.

The Whites are in the market to sign players to strengthen the attacking department ahead of the next campaign.

One of the players Leeds have been linked with is McAtee but as per the latest report, they are facing stiff competition from the likes of Leicester City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton for the youngster.

The report further stated that while City were hoping to integrate the highly-rated midfielder into the first team, they are only open to letting McAtee leave on loan and there are no possibilities of a permanent deal.

This is due to the huge amount of interest that has come flooding in.

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Leeds are going through an interesting transfer window where they have signed as many as six first-team players but have also lost two stars in Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha.

Despite making so many signings, interestingly, the Whites have not managed to strengthen the attacking department with only Luis Sinisterra coming in as a replacement for the Brazil international who joined Barcelona and attacking midfielder Brenden Aaronson joining the club from RB Salzburg.

Jesse Marsch would love to have more options in the final third and therefore, it is imperative that the club’s hierarchy ensure the signing of a promising talent like McAtee.

The 19-year-old prefers to play as an attacking midfielder but he can perfectly play as an advanced midfielder in a three-man-midfield.

His positioning usually lies around the 18-yard-box as he tries to pick out passes for his wingers and strikers. He can also be deployed as a central midfielder considering his quality on the ball.

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