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Championship play-off final could earn Manchester City staggering £20 million cash boost

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Manchester City could be in line for a £20 million cash boost depending on the result of the 2024 Championship play-off final this weekend, reports have confirmed.

Southampton take on Leeds United for a place in the Premier League next season, as they bid for the third and final position in the English top-flight and join Leicester City and Ipswich Town following their automatic promotions.

Enzo Maresca and Kieran McKenna have both impressed during their respective top-ranking finishes in England’s second division, and are now at the centre of interest from a number of Premier League clubs over vacant managerial positions.

But while some may have thought that Manchester City could have been keeping an eye on their former coach in Maresca, attention are more likely to be placed on the upcoming third and final available place in the Premier League.

The Premier League champions, should one particular outcome emerge from the weekend’s contest, are in line to earn themselves a pretty penny that could go a long way towards their own recruitment plans for the summer.

As confirmed by MailSport’s Jack Gaughan, writing as part of his latest Man City Notebook, Southampton would be obligated to purchase Taylor Harwood-Bellis on a permanent basis from Manchester City for a fee of £20million, should they secure Premier League promotion.

Should the Saints fail to do so, then it is stated that the expectation would be for the England under-21 captain to make the leap to the English top-flight this summer regardless, with just one-year remaining on his current City agreement.

As well as Harwood-Bellis, Manchester City will be looking to finalise the futures of a long list of exciting young talents currently on the books at the Etihad Stadium, but desperate for increased first-team action.

Callum Doyle is one of those names, operating in the same position as Taylor Harwood-Bellis, and hoping for a much more productive season than his last campaign with promoted Leicester City.

The Englishman had the large share of the season put on hold by a long-standing knee injury, before returning to play a part in the Foxes’ final run-in back into the top-flight under Enzo Maresca.

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