Leicester City vie with Champions League club in second attempt to sign Enzo Maresca favourite

James McAtee, who was close to joining Leicester City on loan last summer, has three goals and three assists for Sheffield United this season
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Leicester City will face Champions League competition in their second attempt at bringing Manchester City midfielder James McAtee to the club this summer.

Eyeing a loan deal for the England Under-21 international last August, McAtee arrived at the club’s Seagrave training ground ahead of a move, only for Sheffield United to steal in. With Premier League football on the table, the Blades won the battle for his signature.

But now, with Sheffield United relegated and City heading to the top flight, they may stand a better chance of recruiting the 21-year-old, who played under Enzo Maresca for Man City’s development squad. But they wouldn’t be the only club interested.

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Journalist Alan Nixon reports that Man City’s sister side Girona are keen too. And they not only offer top-flight football, but Champions League fixtures too, having shocked La Liga to finish third this season. It seems the decision will rest with Man City and where they believe is best for McAtee’s career and his transfer value.

In his first full season in the top flight, McAtee did reasonably well despite Sheffield United struggling to compete and placing bottom of the division. He finished with three goals and three assists in 30 Premier League outings.

City are very short on attacking midfielders going into the summer, with Dennis Praet leaving, Yunus Akgun not returning, Wilfred Ndidi out of contract and potentially being eyed for a defensive role, and with Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall’s future not certain amid the club’s troubles with financial rules. It’s likely to be a position where they will look to make at least a couple of signings, and any loan recruits the club can bring in helps with their bid to comply with Profit and Sustainability regulations.

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