Manchester City will oversee James McAtee leave the club on loan for a second successive campaign after a decision was made by the player on Friday morning.
The 20-year-old City academy graduate is looking to make his next steps at the senior professional level of the game and build upon a hugely promising campaign at Bramall Lane last season.
McAtee’s contributions, most notably during the second-half of the Championship season, played a significant role in Sheffield United securing promotion back to the Premier League alongside Burnley and Luton Town.
Now however, amid an ongoing struggle to permanently solidify his place in Manchester City’s first-team set-up, the decision has been made by both the player and the Premier League champions that a second successive loan spell is the best solution this season.
According to the information of Alex Crook, James McAtee is now set to re-join Sheffield United on loan for the 2023/24 campaign from Manchester City, despite a strong interest having been shown from Championship club Leicester City.
It is also understood that Nottingham Forest made a late effort to bring McAtee to the City Ground for the ongoing season, whilst Dutch giants Feyenoord – who are on the verge of signing Mikki van Sas from the Etihad Stadium – were also keen.
McAtee’s decision to leave Manchester City this summer, albeit on a temporary agreement, comes as last season’s treble winners close in on formally announcing the signing of Matheus Nunes from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Interest in the Portugal international intensified following the collapse in negotiations between City and West Ham over Lucas Paqueta, as well as Kevin De Bruyne’s hamstring injury against Burnley that resulted in surgery on the problem.
James McAtee is likely to be followed through the exit door by fellow City academy graduate Taylor Harwood-Bellis on deadline day, as the England under-21 international captain edges towards a temporary move to recently-relegated Southampton in the Championship.
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