Southampton are reportedly keen to secure a summer move for talented Manchester City duo Cole Palmer and James McAtee.

According to The Athletic, Premier League side Southampton are eyeing a summer double swoop for talented Manchester City duo Cole Palmer and James McAtee.

The Saints endured a disappointing 2021/22 season that once again saw them finish in mid-table in the Premier League. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side showed promise but also the capability to self-destruct. It is clear that a summer revamp is needed for the Saints to take the next step in their development.

Both Southampton and Hasenhuttl have a history of developing young talent, and they could be in line to do just that once again. They have set their sights high by targeting Manchester City duo Palmer and McAtee, both of whom continue to impress in the Premier League champions’ reserve sides.

It is a testament to both players’ potential that Pep Guardiola saw it fit to hand them their senior debuts recently. An attacking midfielder, Palmer has made 13 appearances for the Citizens, scoring three goals and providing one assist. Capable of playing in several attacking positions, the youngster will act as a bridge between the Saints’ midfield and attack.

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Southampton lack such a player in their roster, and in Palmer, they might just hit the jackpot. The same can be said of McAtee, who also plays in a similar position. More of a central midfielder, McAtee has made six appearances for Manchester City’s senior side. The 19-year-old will add depth to a roster that largely depends on James Ward-Prowse and Oriol Romeu in the middle of the park.

Southampton appear keen to bolster their midfield this season, and signing the two Manchester City stars will aid them in just that. While the duo still has a lot to learn, their potential is clear for all to see, and the Saints might just about land themselves two special talents, with two other City prospects in Gavin Bazunu and Liam Delap also on their radar.

Given the riches at Pep Guardiola’s disposal, it is difficult for players to break into a star-studded Manchester City side. While Palmer and McAtee have shown promise, they have a long way to go before they establish themselves as first XI regulars.

Life at St. Mary’s could not be more different. Armando Broja (on loan) and Tino Livramento have thrived since moving from Chelsea and have enjoyed considerable game-time under Hasenhuttl. There is little reason to believe that Palmer and McAtee will experience otherwise should they be given the opportunity. Playing week in week out in the top flight will certainly aid their development.

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