Daniel James will soon be unveiled as a Manchester United player. As reported by the BBC a deal has been agreed for the player and a medical has been completed. As reported by The Telegraph, the Welsh winger will set United back around £15 million.
Of course, it is a move that will still irk many a Leeds United fan.
The Welshman was so nearly a Leeds player in January. As reported by the Yorkshire Post, James had passed a medical at Thorp Arch and was ready to be unveiled in January before a deal collapsed. Then Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins pulled the plug on the deal and Leeds were without their main January target.
In the wake of his move to Manchester United, The Guardian have reported on that failed transfer.
They report that James was left ‘devastated’ at the move falling apart. The Yorkshire born talent desperately wanted the Leeds deal to go through. However, the report also commented on just why Swansea pulled the plug. The bizarrely structured deal would have reportedly seen Swansea receive very little in the way of a transfer fee immediately. The report states the sum was ‘described as ludicrous’ by some figures at Swansea and the ‘plug needed to be pulled’.
Leeds United would go on to struggle without their main January target and failed to win promotion. James, meanwhile, showcased his best talent and was soon on Manchester United’s radar.
This failed deal still has the potential to one day haunt Leeds should James realise his potential at Old Trafford.