Report: Pep Guardiola leading chase for Leeds' Jack Clarke and ready to pounce in January

Marcelo Bielsa manager of Leeds United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Leeds United at Bramall Lane on December 01, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

The Leeds United winger is said to be a long-term target for the Manchester City manager.

Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City speaks during the press conference at Manchester City Football Academy on December 3, 2018 in Manchester, England.

Pep Guardiola is 'leading the chase' to land Jack Clarke and 'is ready to pounce' on the Leeds United winger in January, according to the Sun.

The newspaper claims the Manchester City manager has been monitoring Clarke's progress since the latter signed his first professional contract last year.

 

The 18-year-old made his Leeds debut earlier this season, under a man Guardiola once claimed to be the world's best coach - Marcelo Bielsa.

And he provided his first assist in United colours on Saturday, enabling Pablo Hernandez to settle their Yorkshire derby at Sheffield United.

Pablo Hernandez of Leeds United celebrates with Jack Clarke after scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Leeds United at Bramall Lane...

Leeds are, however, under little pressure to sell Clarke, whose existing deal runs until 2021.

And the Whites' promising league position - four points clear of third-place West Bromwich Albion in second - could convince the Yorkshireman to remain at Elland Road.

That said, Manchester City are not the only Premier League club keen on Clarke, according to the Sun.

Manchester City's Brahim Diaz in action at Manchester City Football Academy on December 3, 2018 in Manchester, England.

The City winger, Brahim Diaz, has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid this week.

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