Manchester City plans new contract offer for Liverpool target after David Silva comparison

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Manchester City are now preparing to hand James McAtee a huge new contract to keep him at the Etihad Stadium – and out of the clutches of Liverpool.

This is according to The Sunday Mirror (23/01, p75), who say City are now ready to make their offer to McAtee.

It is claimed that the 19-year-old will be given a new ‘bumper’ contract to convince him to stay at the Etihad Stadium.

City have high hopes for McAtee and will now give him ‘significantly improved terms’ in an attempt to keep him.

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McAtee is now in the final 18 months of his contract with City and could simply leave the club at the end of next season.

McAtee is certainly attracting a lot of interest and his Premier League rivals are lining up to sign him.

The Daily Mail noted in November that Liverpool had joined Manchester United in the race for McAtee, with Barcelona and Real Madrid also keen.

Add to that that Aston Villa are also said to be keen on McAtee and you can see why City are desperate for a new deal.

Liverpool would no doubt love to steal one of City’s golden talents from them. The two teams have had a bit of a rivalry in recent years and stealing McAtee would be a huge win for Liverpool.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 03: James McAtee of Manchester City during the UEFA Youth League match between Manchester City and Club Brugge KV at Academy Stadium on November 03, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Gary Neville suggested in November that McAtee was like a David Silva clone after watching him walk away from the Everton defenders for City.

It’s a noble comparison, but you can see why it’s made. McAtee is so fluid with the ball, loves passing players and has the end product to match.

McAtee has a ridiculous record this season, smashing 13 goals and four assists in 14 Premier League 2 games for City.

McAtee’s dream is to play alongside Phil Foden in City’s first team, and this new contract offer could make that a reality – but if McAtee isn’t sure, Liverpool will be ready to pounce.

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