Manchester City’s “Salford Silva” could make a shock transfer

James McAtee is hailed as the next success story from City Academy and follows in the footsteps of Phil Foden, Cole Palmer and Liam Delap.

The 19-year-old has had an impressive start to the season for City’s under-23s, scoring 10 goals in 9 Premier League 2 matches.

He made his first-team debut last month after coming off the bench in a 6-1 Carabao Cup victory in the third round of the Wycombe Wanderers.

PA: James McAtee in action for Manchester City.
PA: James McAtee in action for Manchester City.

His current contract at Etihad Stadium runs until June 2023, and The Sun reports that City are eager to tie him to a new long-term deal.

But United and Liverpool are both interested in the offensive midfielder, who scored a hat-trick against the Red Devils in a 4-2 win for U-23 in August.

If McAtee moves to Old Trafford, he will follow people like Carlos Tevez and Owen Hargreaves, who have both moved between the two clubs in recent years. Meanwhile, Jadon Sancho started his career at City and is now at United after a very successful period with Borussia Dortmund.

United and Liverpool are not the only two clubs to have expressed interest in the English Under-20 international, with The Athletic reporting that Brighton & Hove Albion recently made a £ 8m bid that was rejected.

City are back in action on Saturday when they face United in a Manchester derby at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men will hope that they have now turned the corner after a convincing 3-0 victory over Spurs at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium yesterday.

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