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Manchester City reject Wolves approach for midfielder



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Manchester City have turned down an approach from Wolves for midfielder James McAtee, as Premier League clubs continue to circle for the 20-year-old.

The midfielder, who impressed at Bramall Lane with Sheffield United last season, is currently expected to remain at the Etihad Stadium with Pep Guardiola’s first-team for the new campaign.

McAtee is part of Manchester City’s 25-man travelling squad for a pre-season tour of east Asia, and scored against Bayern Munich during a 2-1 win at the Japan National Stadium in Tokyo on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old also featured against Yokohama F. Marinos last weekend, and will likely play against Atletico Madrid in South Korea on Sunday, in the Blues’ final pre-season friendly.

Guardiola has already lost former club captain Ilkay Gundogan this summer, and the future of Bernardo Silva remains uncertain, amid notable interest from Paris Saint-Germain.

McAtee is expected to start the season with the Manchester City first-team, after helping Sheffield United return to the top-flight, as the Blades successfully secured an automatic promotion spot.

The midfielder made 43 appearances for Sheffield United last season, and was directly involved in 13 goals.

The Yorkshire club were interested in bringing McAtee back to Bramall Lane for the new campaign, with a number of top-flight clubs enquiring about the possibility of signing the 20-year-old.

Wolves are the latest club to have an offer rejected by Manchester City for the midfielder, according to Simon Jones.

City have turned down an approach from Wolves, who were interested in bringing the young midfielder to Molineux on either a loan or permanent deal.

Manchester City have already made numerous sales this summer, with James Trafford completing a £19 million move to Burnley, and Shea Charles joining Southampton for £10.5 million.

Carlos Borges, who was directly involved in 47 goals for the Manchester City EDS last season, is also poised to complete a permanent move to West Ham United.

Meanwhile, both Tommy Doyle and Cole Palmer could complete season-long loan switches, with Brighton in pole position to sign the latter.

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