Reports on Sunday linked Manchester City defender Taylor Harwood-Bellis with a move to Burnley next season, with the Clarets potentially appointing former Blues captain Vincent Kompany as manager.
Kompany left Anderlecht last week and Burnley are keen to make the Belgian their new manager, permanently replacing Sean Dyche after caretaker coach Mike Jackson failed to keep them in the Premier League.
And it is claimed City centre-back Harwood-Bellis could be on Kompany’s shopping list if appointed, having previously worked together as players at the Etihad and when Harwood-Bellis was on loan at Anderlecht last season.
READ ALSO : Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti explains why Liverpool FC were easier to beat than Man City
Next season could see many City youngsters look elsewhere for first-team opportunities, either on loan or on a permanent basis, just as Harwood-Bellis has done for the past 18 months. We’ve looked at some of the players who could leave.
Taylor Harwood Bellis
Burnley would seem to suit the England U21 centre-back, who impressed in the second tier with Blackburn and Stoke. His stint under Kompany at Anderlecht was cut short in January after losing his place, but he recovered at Stoke to have a successful season.
Burnley could lose key centre-backs Ben Mee and James Tarkowski this summer so they could be on the hunt for a new defender, although their relationship with Blackburn could make any transfer a bit more difficult due to the intense rivalry between the clubs. MEN Sports reported last month that City may be willing to sell Harwood-Bellis permanently, with his contract expiring in 2024.
Midfielder Doyle failed to break into the Hamburg squad at the start of the season but made up for lost time when he swapped Germany for Wales in January. Doyle has shown his class at Cardiff and is destined for a loan move higher up in the Championship next season.
He’s sure to generate plenty of interest this summer, and City will be keen to find the right club for him after Hamburg’s failed experiment.
Forward Delap has struggled with injuries throughout 2021/22 but showed his qualities towards the end of the campaign for the youth team. However, with the arrival of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez this summer, Delap’s playing time next season may be limited, and he has clearly outgrown U23 football.
There is reportedly interest in Delap from the Championship, and possibly even the Premier League, so this could be an opportunity for the striker to show his class at first-team level elsewhere next season.
Another player who topped Premier League 2, finishing joint top scorer in the U23 league and winner of Player of the Season. With a first-team breakthrough and a new contract, it has been a great year for McAtee, although he will face a similar conundrum to Delap in that first-team opportunities will be limited.
If he was following Harwood-Bellis and Doyle in the Championship, you wouldn’t be betting against him scoring goals wherever he went.
Of all the youngsters arriving at City, Palmer has perhaps the best chances for minutes under Pep Guardiola, especially if he has recovered from his recent injury problems.
Otherwise, there would surely be a long queue of clubs lining up to take Palmer, who scores for free for the youth team and has already netted a few for the first team.
Other suitors who could be on loan would be defensive midfielder Romeo Lavia, winger Sam Edozie and possibly £10m signing Kayky. Defenders Luke Mbete and CJ Egan-Riley could benefit from playing regular first-team football, just as Finley Burns and Callum Doyle have shown this season.
Sign up to our City newsletter so you never miss an Etihad Stadium update this season.