Leicester City set lose out to Sheffield United in the Man City star transfer pursuit.

One of those, of course, is his Manchester City connections.

The Italian served as second-in-command to Pep Guardiola prior to swapping the Etihad Stadium for the East Midlands during the summer, and also spent time coaching the club’s Elite Development Squad, supervising the fostering and progression of some of the country’s top young talent.

Unsurprisingly, he sought to capitalize on such connections by bringing in defender Callum Doyle on a season-long loan after starring in Coventry City’s run to the play-off final last season.

But there was an underlying sense that Maresca would continue to maximize his credit at City and attract even more prospects to the King Power Stadium this summer.

A player who appeared to be

Their already-strong offensive ranks, but those hopes have now been entirely dashed.

Leicester City were unable to sign Manchester City’s James McAtee.

According to talkSPORT’s Alex Crook, McAtee is expected to return to Sheffield United in the Premier League on another season-long loan due to “strong” interest from the Foxes.
The McAtee development was subsequently followed by a Football Insider article detailing the further interest shown by top-flight duo Wolves and Nottingham Forest, implying that a deal for Leicester would have been difficult to secure despite Maresca’s links.


Guardiola has been running the rule over McAtee and was prepared to pick who would replace him, according to Alan Nixon’s Patreon report.

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