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Enzo Maresca could explore 21-year-old Manchester City midfielder as Chelsea summer signing



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Manchester City could be set for another round of summer negotiations with Premier League rivals Chelsea, following on from their contact in 2023.

The two Premier League giants reached an agreement over the transfer of Cole Palmer from the Etihad Stadium to Stamford Bridge during the final days of the 2023 summer market, in a deal understood to have been worth an initial £40 million.

Palmer has gone on to become a huge success with Chelsea in the months that have followed, presumably inspiring the club to keep one eye on the talents being produced by Manchester City and their esteemed academy system.

But it isn’t just players that clubs are keeping an eye on at the Etihad Stadium, with Chelsea now hiring one of Manchester City’s former assistant coaches in Enzo Maresca, following his promotion-winning season with Leicester City in the Championship.

And that link between coach and players from Manchester City could now inspire another transfer into Stamford Bridge, with a new report detailing the chances of James McAtee to the Premier League giants.

That is according to the information of Manchester City insider ‘Tolmie’s Hairdoo’ on X, who reports that Chelsea’s new manager Maresca could now decide to bring City’s highly-rated playmaker McAtee to the Bridge.

That is reportedly after there was a plan in place to sign the 21-year-old for Leicester City this summer ahead of their Premier League return, prior to Maresca’s finalising of contract discussions with the London club.

James McAtee will be returning to Manchester City this summer off the back of a challenging second spell with Sheffield United in the Premier League, and a campaign that ultimately resulted in the immediate relegation of the Blades back down to the Championship.

Last summer could have seen things go very differently for all parties however, with Leicester previously showing an interest in McAtee and the player himself going as far as to view the facilities and project on offer at the King Power Stadium.

Such a move could have led to a hugely successful campaign for all involved too, with Leicester coming out as Championship winners ahead of fellow promoted sides Ipswich Town and Southampton.