Manchester United are set to start their summer transfer business by completing a £15 million deal to sign Swansea winger Dan James, according to Sky Sports.
The 21-year-old is very close to penning terms at Old Trafford and will become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing as manager of the club.
James’ career very nearly took a different path. In January, Leeds had practically agreed on a deal to sign the Wales international (Sky Sports), but the Swans pulled the plug at the eleventh hour.
Signing for Leeds’ fiercest rival hasn’t really seen him adhered to the Whites faithful. Marcelo Bielsa’s men must tackle the play-offs in order to win promotion and some fans feel that James could have led them to a top-two finish.
James joining United will surely sting Leeds supporters. His quality is evident and he could have been a superb player for the Whites had the deal gone through.
The versatile winger doesn’t have a great record though and some Leeds fans aren’t overly fussed that he isn’t rocking up at Elland Road. James has just four goals and seven assists to his name and some Whites don’t see that as value for money.
It remains to be seen what sort of career he goes onto have but for now, the reaction among Leeds supporters is mixed. We rounded up the best tweets in relation to the news of James’ pending move:
Everyone getting salty about Dan James
£15m for someone with 4 goals and 7 assists is laughable
— James (@JamesWood501) May 10, 2019
Just another reminder that Dan James was literally sat inside of Elland Road ready to finalise the transfer before the Swansea board started messing with his career for personal vendettas. Now he’s going to that lot. ??♂️
— Josh Dean (@1_jdean) May 10, 2019
We literally had Dan James in a Leeds shirt and now he might be forced to associate with Pogba and Lingard. He deserves better.
— mish (@mishLUFC) May 10, 2019
We did strengthen, we got 1 of the 2 players Bielsa wanted and the other was in a Leeds shirt with a contract signed ready to go. Dan James is good, but we didn't lose against Wigan and Brentford because he wasn't on the wing.
— Steve Turner (@SteveLTurner) May 10, 2019
Come on Leeds fans Dan James DOES NOT play for us lets get behind them that do #believe ?
— 13attman ?? (@richardbatt1) May 10, 2019
I see everyone on the timeline is suicidal about Dan James going to them lot. 1. He’s not even our player. 2. He would have been if Radz didn’t keep moving the goalposts trying NOT to pay money til the summer(so he wouldn’t have to) 3. Is he even THAT good anyway? #lufc
— batesylufc2 (@batesylufc2) May 10, 2019
We’ll take Rob Hulse on a free in the summer instead ??
— Matt Hill (@MattyHill83) May 10, 2019
Oh man that Dan James transfer news hurts ?#lufc
— Kayleigh Cooper (@Kayleig32114726) May 10, 2019
Wilfried Zaha is a great player he never got in the scum team, Dan James will be the same https://t.co/CCkJQ9Thlw
— John Paul Redmond (@john_leeds25) May 10, 2019
Dan James was literally about to sign for us then goes and signs for scum ?????
— R a c h a e l ? ? (@bossladyrachxo) May 10, 2019
Dan James going to United ??
— RuthlessRoberts (@Ruthless_Tyler) May 10, 2019