Leicester City’s search for a new midfielder may resume in January, as they were very close to signing James McAtee from Manchester City at the end of the summer window. However, Sheffield United swooped in and McAtee headed to Bramall Lane, leaving Enzo Maresca and City empty-handed. Maresca has expressed the need for another midfielder due to Dennis Praet’s long-term injury, and it seems that their hunt for a new midfielder has not ended.
Norwegian media have reported that City is one of several clubs to have watched Danish talent Albert Gronbaek during the autumn, ahead of a potential January move. The 22-year-old attacking midfielder, who plays for Bodo/Glimt in Norway, has caught the eye of clubs with his impressive performance this season.
In other news, Christian Fuchs, assistant manager of Charlotte FC, briefly came out of retirement to play for FSA Foxes, the senior team of the academy he founded. However, Fuchs’ return to playing may only consist of one match, as FSA Foxes lost 4-3 in the quarter-finals of the northeast division.
Additionally, Sporting Lisbon released details of their summer transfer business, revealing that City paid to loan in Abdul Fatawu for the season, with a potential mandatory purchase clause dependent on City’s promotion out of the Championship. However, Maresca has expressed that he neither knows nor cares about Fatawu’s future, leaving it up to the club to handle.
City has also advertised a job for the under-21 team, as they have been successful in promoting players from their development squad to the first team in recent seasons. Kasey McAteer is the latest to make that step up, establishing himself as a permanent member of Maresca’s first-team squad.