Manchester City have reportedly entered the race to sign Swansea sensation Daniel James, with Leeds United also expected to reignite their move in January. But missing out to Pep Guardiola’s side could be a blessing for Leeds.
The Sun have reported that the 21-year-old winger is a target for Manchester City. James played the entire 90 minutes as The Citizens came from two goals down to beat Swansea 3-2 in the FA Cup.
Leeds came within a whisker of completing a £7million move to sign James, according to the Sun. Multiple outlets have claimed that James had passed a medical at Elland Road, only for Swansea to go silent at the last minute.
If given the choice of Manchester City or Leeds, the bigger club is obviously the Premier League champions. Leeds may find, though, that losing out to Guardiola will provide them with a big transfer boost of their own.
Jack Harrison has been crucial for Leeds of late. The 22-year-old has started the last 16 matches for Leeds, and has had a hand in six goals this season. Perhaps lacking in end product, he offers a lot more than his stats tell.
The former New York City man has made his place on the left flank his own. But at the Etihad, Harrison has very little chance of breaking into the senior side.
Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez are just some of the names he would have to overtake. Signing Daniel James would see Harrison pushed even further down the pecking order.
Harrison, who earns £51,000 a week at The Etihad (Spotrac), may be open to a summer move. Leeds will surely want to keep Harrison beyond the summer, and missing out on James could prove to a blessing in disguise.
The England youth international may be granted an exit from City and a move to Leeds, if City sign James.