According to the Daily Mail, Manchester City will make a "concerted effort" to sign English players this summer. If they are indeed planning to do so, then Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford could prove to be a perfect option.
The 21-year-old, who was crowned Championship player of the Year on Sunday, has been in emphatic form for his loan club Middlesbrough this season, but faces competition from Diego Costa, Loic Remy, Dominic Solanke and Isaiah Brown for one place upfront in Jose Mourinho’s side next season.
After picking up the Football League award on Sunday, the former Nottingham Forest forward reiterated his desire to play for Chelsea, but he was adamant that returning to sit on the bench wouldn’t be in his best interests.
‘’I want to play for Chelsea, I hope I do get that chance and I think I can compete,’’ Bamford told Sky Sports. ‘
’A lot of people said I left Nottingham Forest for the wrong reasons, but that wasn’t true. I wanted to play for a top team like Chelsea.
‘’However, after two years regularly playing out on loan, going back and sitting on the bench wouldn’t help me.
"So it’s down to those at the top at Chelsea to decide what will be the best for my career and what to do next year.’’
Why Manchester City should move quickly for Bamford and why he must be open to the move
Although, according to the Daily Mail, Chelsea remain in negotiations with Bamford over a contract extension, City could look to offer the youngster something he would struggle to get at Stamford Bridge – regular first-team football.
The Manchester outfit are well aware of the severe lack of homegrown talent at senior level within their club and will put a lot of energy in rectifying that problem in the summer transfer window by bringing in a number of talented Englishmen.
If Bamford was to move to City, it’s highly likely that he would be at least promised a place on the bench most matchdays and the chance to make an impact off the bench within his first year of signing.
From City’s point of view, they could pick up an extremely promising player from their title rivals and look to develop him into a full international before the next season is out.
Chelsea are unlikely to sell cheap, but with the competition for places in their side already, it stands to reason that a good bid would be considered by the hierarchy at Stamford Bridge.