Leeds United will not be signing Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden on loan next season, according to a report.
The Manchester Evening News claims that the Whites were hoping they could land the 18-year-old on a temporary basis at Elland Road.
However, it is understood that Premier League champions Man City want to keep him in their first-team squad to develop under the tutelage of senior manager Pep Guardiola.
Football Insider verdict:
Speculation of a potential Foden switch to Leeds was always going to come about following the arrival of manager Marcelo Bielsa at the Yorkshire giants, given that he has connections with opposite number Guardiola. The teenage central midfielder would have been an unbelievable capture on loan, but he is set to continue getting opportunities in the first team at the Etihad Stadium. Foden featured in 10 senior matches for Premier League giants Man City and the English rising star is expected to go extremely far in the game. Leeds can now focus on targeting alternative options in the summer transfer window and they do already have two promising talents in their midfielder. Both first teamers Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips have developed from the academy and have formed the central partnership at times in the last two years. Bielsa should be looking to tap into what is a very exciting young group of players at Leeds and integrate to the first team where possible.
In other Leeds transfer news, they have joined the hunt to sign a 6ft 2in goalkeeper from a Premier League giant.