The city of Manchester is increasingly concerned about interest in the Union’s miracle ship, the Salford Sylva.
James Makati, who made his debut in September’s 6-1 win over Wycombe of the Carabao Cup, has been named one of the Academy’s gems.
But the 19-year-old midfielder, who has been compared to a younger version of City legend David Silva, still has to sign the new contract on offer.
Young fellows Cole Palmer and William Delap recently forged new deals through 2026 after moving into seniors, but McAtee has yet to commit.
Despite having 18 months left on his current terms, City wanted to tie him to a long-term deal, at around £8,000 a week.
But talks are said to be more complicated as Makati has fan interest in both Manchester United and Liverpool.
McAtee is the England Under-20 player, who scored a hat-trick against United in a 4-2 win for the Under-23 team at the start of the season.
City have ignored Brighton’s overtures in the summer, and fears he will not sign have yet to reach a crisis point.
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But Pep Guardiola would like his future to be sorted out sooner rather than later, after claiming there are four or five children who could follow in Phil Foden’s footsteps over the next two years.
Man City hit a snag in defending their title this afternoon when they lost 2-0 to Crystal Palace’s junior Patrick Vieira.
Aymeric Laporte was also sent off for a recent foul on Wilfried Zaha and tensions nearly boiled over as the players clashed at the end of the first half whistle.
City is in third place and has fallen to five points behind rivals Chelsea, who leads the league with 25 points.
It concludes a bad week for the Premier League champions, who were beaten on penalties by West Ham in the Carabao Cup.
They will have a chance to bounce back against rivals Man United at Old Trafford on Saturday, who beat Tottenham tonight to cut the gap with City to just three points.
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