Manchester City is currently at a crossroads regarding the future of midfielder James McAtee.
Dubbed the ‘Salford Silva’ due to his stylistic resemblance to former City star David Silva, McAtee is keen on building upon his impressive Championship season at Sheffield United. However, his prospects of playing time with City appear limited, as indicated by Sunday’s Community Shield lineup. The Blades have also been linked with Man City’s Cole Palmer, who came on and scored in the game on Sunday.
Despite City’s reluctance to part ways with the promising midfielder, they are aware of interest from Wolves, Brighton, Celtic, Sociedad (following Silva’s retirement), Southampton, AZ Alkmaar as well as Sheffield United, the Daily Mail understands. Some of these teams are willing to offer a permanent move.
James McAtee had an excellent second part to the season with Sheffield United last term. After initial struggles, he ended the campaign scoring nine goals and five assists to his name. And McAtee has shown this pre-season that he can compete against top sides having scored against Bayern Munich in City’s 2-1 win in a friendly last month.
The vibrant attacking midfielder linked up expertly with Iliman Ndiaye last season, but he is no longer there. And, if he rejoins the club he may not play with Sander Berge, as he closes in on a move to Burnley. That being said, Berge’s transfer could open squad space and capital to permanently add Tommy Doyle to the ranks.