Thu. May 19th, 2022

Manchester City ‘reject £ 8m bid from Brighton for wonder child midfielder James McAtee’ … with the 18-year-old on 10 goals in just SEVEN matches for the U-23s in Premier League 2 this season

  • James McAtee made his Manchester City debut last month
  • The midfielder has a similar style to Phil Foden and is in the shape of his life
  • Brighton are said to have wanted to quickly track McAtee into the first team
  • The Premier League champions are reportedly determined that he is not for sale, however


Manchester City have reportedly rejected an £ 8m bid from Brighton for James McAtee.

The 18-year-old, who acts as an attacking midfielder and has a similar style to Phil Foden, made his debut on the first team last month in the 7-1 Carabao Cup victory over Wycombe.

While Crystal Palace and West Ham are also interested in the English youth international, the Seagulls have been most eager to secure his services, according to The Athletic, which revealed that the East Sussex club would convince McAtee of their plans to offer him a faster path to first-team football than with the Premier League champions, although Pep Guardiola played him in the pre-season and most recently put him on the bench against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Manchester City have reportedly rejected an £ 8m bid from Brighton for James McAtee

The Premier League is said to be reluctant to sell the attacking midfielder at any cost

The Premier League is said to be reluctant to sell the attacking midfielder at any cost

City are said to be reluctant to sell their prodigy at any cost and despite having several of the best creative players in the world available as well as 19-year-old Cole Palmer ahead of him in the pick order, Pep Guardiola believes McAtee has a future of Etihad.

McAtee have started the season in fantastic style, scoring an incredible 10 goals and producing two assists in just seven Premier League 2 matches so far this season as City’s unbeaten U-23s sit at the top of the table, one point outside Arsenal.

McAtee is comfortably the division’s top scorer – the Gunners’ Folarin Balogun is second highest with six goals – and his excellent form has included hat-tricks in back-to-back matches in the competition against Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers, as well as a brace against Crystal Palace.

McAtee scored a hat-trick against Manchester United (above) in a brilliant start to the season

McAtee scored a hat-trick against Manchester United (above) in a brilliant start to the season

McAtee also scored two goals in a 5-1 victory over RB Leipzig’s U19s in the UEFA Youth League along with a strike against Scunthorpe United’s first team in a 3-0 victory for the U-21s in the EFL Trophy, and has taken it form on the international stage too, netted on his debut for England Under-20s last month in a 6-1 friendly defeat of Romania.

McAtee started a 1-1 draw against Italy U20 on Thursday and is also in line to face Romania on Sunday.

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