It has been reported that Manchester City could now allow James McAtee to go on loan this season.

This comes from Manchester Evening News journalist Simon Bajkowski, as it seems like Matheus Nunes’ arrival could further take a spot away from him in midfield.

As a result, Manchester City have decided that James McAtee is free to go on loan.

Manchester City could send James McAtee on loan

Branded as ‘special’ by Pep Guardiola (via The Star), it was reported in June that he was keen on giving the 20-year-old more chances in the first-team.

The teenager, famously referred to as the ‘Salford Silva’ was in sparkling touch for Sheffield United on loan last season as he played a pivotal role in their promotion to the Premier League.

Now, it has been revealed that Manchester City are aware that after the additions of Mateo Kovacic and potentially even Matheus Nunes, it is best to let James McAtee go on loan.

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However, the treble-winners are only interested in loan offers that are open to giving McAtee guaranteed starts this campaign.

But City are expected not to stand in the academy talent’s way as he would naturally be aching to play regular senior football.

Best for James McAtee to further develop elsewhere

With how talented James McAtee is, it would be a shame to witness him just sitting on the bench for Manchester City knowing that a number of clubs around Europe would take him on loan with open arms.

The silky midfielder is one of City’s best young talents and has previously proven that he is gifted enough to make an impression elsewhere.

As a result, it would be best if McAtee played at a level higher than the Championship and gave City a decision to potentially add him to the first-team next season due to the strength of his performances.

Once James McAtee’s talent becomes more polished, he has the potential to become a world-class player in the future.

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