Report: Chelsea and Manchester City ready to test Leeds' resolve with firm Jack Clarke bid 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.

Chelsea will reportedly rival Manchester City for the Leeds United winger.

Chelsea's Italian head coach Maurizio Sarri watches from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Fulham at Stamford Bridge in London on December...

The Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, wants to beat Pep Guardiola to the January signing of Jack Clarke from Leeds United, according to the Daily Mirror (December 6 liveblog, 07:03).

Guardiola, Sarri's Manchester City counterpart, is said to be a long-term admirer of the teenage Leeds winger.

 

And it is claimed that both clubs, Chelsea and Manchester City are ready to test the Whites' resolve with a firm bid for the player.

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

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...

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

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 York-born talent to remain at Elland Road.

Chelsea's Lewis Baker, Izzy Brown during a training session at the Waldarena on the 26th July 2014 in Velden, Austria

Jack Harrison of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United at Hillsborough Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

Both Chelsea (Jamal Blackman, Lewis Baker and Izzy Brown) and Manchester City (Jack Harrison) have loaned players to Leeds this season.

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