Manchester United are ‘admirers’ of Manchester City star James McAtee, with the Blues worried about losing their promising talent to a Premier League rival, according to reports.
City have some of the highest-rated players in the country in their academy struggling into Pep Guardiola’s first-team plans and have worked hard to sign them to new long-term deals.
Striker Liam Delap and this season’s breakout star Cole Palmer both recently committed their future to the club until 2026, but another growing talent at McAtee has yet to sign a new deal.
The 19-year-old playmaker made his senior debut in the 6-1 Carabao Cup victory over the Wycombe Wanderers and has been impressive in the U-23s over the past 18 months.
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McAtee even got a hat-trick and an assist in a 4-2 win over United in a Premier League 2 match earlier in the season, and his performances have not gone unnoticed.
As the playmaker’s current contract expires at the end of next season, The Sun reports that he has admirers at both United and Liverpool.
It is claimed that although City are becoming more and more concerned about the interest in McAtee, after also rejecting statements from Brighton in the summer, they are not yet so worried that he will not eventually put the pen to paper on a new one. agreement – although Guardiola would like it sorted out as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, City-linked striker Yuri Alberto would reportedly cost the club only € 16-18 million, much less than originally reported.
The 20-year-old had a good season with Internacional last season, scoring 18 goals, and City were hailed as having an interest in him as he was no stranger to the Brazilian market after signing players like Gabriel Jesus and Kayky.
Initial reports claimed that Alberto has a € 60 million release clause, but Calcio Mercato, via SportWitness, reports that Internacional would be willing to accept a much lower fee.
Finally, Real Madrid are working hard to pick up Paul Pogba on a free this summer, according to reports.
Pogba is in the final year of his contract and is free to start pre-contract negotiations with clubs outside England from January 1, with Madrid, PSG and Juventus all thought to be interested.
According to Marca, it is Los Blancos who ‘do everything they can’ to win the race to buy him, as well as further free transfers to Chelsea center-back Antonio Rudiger and PSG star Kylian Mbappe.
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