United’s hope of a James McAtee return shrinks

Manchester City are determined to keep James McAtee amongst the squad, and they have even rejected offers of up to £30m for the 20-year-old, according to Manchester Evening News.

Last season James McAtee decided to gain vital first-team experience with Sheffield United in the Championship. Things did not go to plan in the early stages as he struggled to get to grips with the physicality of senior football. But after the World Cup break, McAtee improved considerably and he was like a breath of fresh air.

The England u21 international finished the season with nine goals and three assists for the Blades [FBref]. He impressed Pep Guardiola so much that he has now invited him on City’s preseason tour.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – MAY 08: James McAtee of Sheffield United celebrates after scoring the team’s second goal during the Sky Bet Championship between Birmingham City and Sheffield United at St Andrews (stadium) on May 08, 2023 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

There are said to be many Premier League clubs and Bundesliga teams interested in signing McAtee on loan or permanently, however, staying at the Etihad this summer now appears to be the likely outcome.

United’s hopes of re-signing the exhilarating attacking midfielder have now been killed.

At least that means they can focus on bringing Tommy Doyle back this summer. Premier League rules state that a team can’t have more than one loan player from the same parent club. It was always going to be a difficult case of one or the other. But now it’s either Doyle or nothing, as far as Manchester City are concerned.





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