Leeds United will undoubtedly be keeping tabs on developments at Manchester United over the summer, as a report from The Sun suggests Daniel James could be loaned out next season.
The report claims that the Red Devils are looking to bring in attacking reinforcements this summer, namely Borussia Dortmund and England star Jadon Sancho.
If they succeed in their hunt for new recruits, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be willing to hand James a lucrative new contract at Old Trafford as a show of faith, before loaning him out for first-team football.
So should Leeds United swoop for a long-term target?
Leeds infamously made a move to sign James from Swansea City in January 2019. As reported by the Yorkshire Post, the Welsh wing wizard had passed his medical and agreed personal terms at Elland Road, only for Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins to pull the plug.
The Guardian later reported that James was left ‘devastated’ at the move falling apart. The Yorkshire born talent desperately wanted the Leeds deal to go through. It was an ordeal that was captured as part of Amazon’s Leeds United: Take Us Home documentary. The disappointment in not providing coach Marcelo Bielsa with his main target left director of football Victor Orta in tears.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) August 16, 2019
James went on to have a stellar end to the season with Swansea and Manchester United signed him last summer in a deal worth an eventual £15 million, as reported by The Telegraph.
But with Leeds looking strong favourites to win promotion to the Premier League, they would be in a fantastic position to hand James a chance if regular first-team football at Elland Road.
With Jack Harrison only on loan from Manchester City, there may even be a gap in the Leeds squad in the wing position. Even if Harrison and fellow wide-man Helder Costa sign permanent deals, Stuart Dallas and Ezgjan Alioski are increasingly being used at full-back, so Leeds might need another wide midfielder for the Premier League.
Given how highly-rated James is by the staff at Leeds, who tried so incredibly hard to sign the Welshman in 2019, it would be a no-brainer to bring the youngster in should Leeds have a chance.
If James is up for grabs this summer, then perhaps Orta can finally give Bielsa his man.