News now: Report: Man City have now identified 'special' 20 y/o gem as perfect Bernardo Silva replacement

If Bernardo Silva ends up leaving, it has been said that Manchester City will refuse to loan James McAtee out.

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It was reported a month ago that Pep Guardiola was considering giving the 'Salford Silva' first-team opportunities next season. This information comes from journalist Alan Nixon on Patreon.

Well, James McAtee might replace Bernardo Silva in the lineup if he decides to leave Manchester City.

Manchester City may have earmarked James McAtee as Bernardo Silva replacement

The 20-year-old enjoyed an incredible loan season at Sheffield United and was described as a "special player" by Pep Guardiola, according to the Manchester Evening News.

From the standpoint of the News now, it was thrilling to have demonstrated that the buzz surrounding the English midfielder's name has always been warranted given that he has always been touted as a unique talent.

However, given that Bernardo Silva is still rumored to be leaving, Manchester City has chosen to 'put off' any requests for information about loan deals for James McAtee.

The club will prioritize keeping McAtee at the Etihad Stadium until the future of the Portuguese international is settled, as sending him on loan too soon and losing the former later in the window could prove to be a terrible move.

Huge show of faith in James McAtee

In a sense, it has been suggested that James McAtee will succeed the lauded midfielder if his rumored departure actually occurs.

The common belief is that Pep Guardiola's team would just go out and splurge the cash on a world-class replacement for the former Monaco forward, especially after having won the treble.

However, the News now are obviously major fans of McAtee's abilities and appear to have faith in him to at least assist in replacing the Silva replacement, who is rumored to be leaving.

It's difficult to disagree with the club given that James McAtee is unquestionably a potential with an unlimited ceiling.

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