Aston Villa delivered their transfer business as quickly as possible this summer with five new signings, however, they could be about to make one more move after a new development emerged.
What’s the latest?
According to The Athletic, Manchester City are considering sending James McAtee out on loan this summer.
As per the report, the Midlands side have been named alongside several Premier League clubs including Brighton & Hove Albion, Leeds United, Leicester City and Southampton as interested in the Man City youngster.
McAtee has received an overwhelming amount of loan offers which has led to the Premier League champions to consider the potential of their player getting 12 months of first-team football to further his development.
He’s better than Chukwuemeka
Villa are currently struggling to keep hold of their very own young prodigy Carney Chukwuemeka with the player rejecting the opportunity to extend his contract which expires in June 2023.
As a result, there has been huge interest in the youngster and he is expected to leave the club imminently to move onto his next challenge, but instead of dwelling on their loss Steven Gerrard could sign a new and improved Chukwuemeka in McAtee, who could play a key part in the team next season.
McAtee has been impressing the world of football and last season made his senior Premier League debut under Pep Guardiola in a 3-0 victory over Everton in November 2021, as well as making his Champions League debut with a 45-minute appearance against Sporting CP in the round of 16 too.
The talented attacking midfielder who was hailed a “massive talent” by journalist Jonathan Smith, has already made 98 appearances and scored 44 goals in his rise through Man City’s youth system and has earned six England caps in the U18s and U20s so far.
McAtee was the top goal scorer in the Premier League 2 last season, scoring 18 goals and delivering seven assists in just 23 appearances, with a goal contribution every 79 minutes, proving that he is now potentially ready for his step up to first-team football.
If Gerrard can secure a loan deal for McAtee and offer him the first-team football that would convince Man City to part ways with their star for a season it could be a major coup for Villa and give them even more attacking options.
Should Villa take James McAtee on loan?
With that being said, this could be a huge opportunity for Villa to not only save millions on a new signing but also potentially boost the goal contributions within the team when the side return to action next month.
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