According to The Sun’s Michael Morgan, Leeds United youngster Jack Clarke is under scrutiny from none other than Manchester City.

Morgan says that Citizens boss Pep Guardiola is “lining up a bid” for “wonderkid” Clarke who they’ve been monitoring since he signed his first professional contract at Leeds United just over a year ago.

Clarke has made the breakthrough into the Leeds United first-team squad this season after starring for the Under-23s. The York-born left winger, who only turned 18 a week ago, has made five appearances this term (147 minutes). He has also made the bench as an unused substitute on a further seven occasions.

His all-action, driving play has not only caught the eye of City boss Guardiola, but it has also given Leeds United fans much to discuss. With regular left winger Gjanni Alioski infuriating many on the terraces, some Leeds fans are advocating Clarke to start.

Even more so, Clarke’s talents have obviously been seen by Whites manager Marcelo Bielsa. He recently said how the youngster could learn from Spaniard Pablo Hernandez. In fact, after last weekend’s win at Sheffield United, Spanish wizard Hernandez was full of praise for the youngster.

Hernandez said of Clarke: “He (Clarke) has a lot of quality and I think he has a good future with this club. He can be a big player in the future for Leeds United and he gives us different things on the pitch.”

Yet all this potential and untapped promise comes at a price, that price being the interest of the circling Premier League frontrunners Manchester City. According to The Sun’s Morgan, the Citizens are ahead of “a clutch of Premier League rivals” to land the impressive Clarke.

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