Report: Leeds closing in on £25m deal for Dan James
Leeds United will pay £25m for Manchester United winger Dan James, according to The Athletic.
What’s the story?
The Whites finally look set to complete a deal for the Welshman, two years after a transfer fell through.
James looked set to complete a January transfer to Elland Road from Swansea back in 2019.
Reports emerged on Sunday about the Red Devils’ eagerness to sell the 23-year-old.
An agreement has since moved swiftly, with the attacker having travelled to Leeds last night to finalise a transfer.
Marcelo Bielsa is a keen admirer of the player and wants to sign the ace before tonight’s deadline.
After adding just Junior Firpo for a significant fee, funds at Leeds were thought to be at a premium. However, there is cash to secure a long-term target like James.
Jose Mourinho has previously claimed the star can ‘break defenders’.
James is a great coup for Leeds at £25m
The price tag may well raise a few eyebrows.
£25m is seen as something of a premium despite all the crazy transfer fees flying about in football.
But James is a great coup for Leeds, especially at £25m.
The winger has shown an abundance of quality during his time at Manchester United.
His pace and trickery would make him a great asset, especially in Bielsa’s high-energy system.
But the Argentine has some work on his hands.
James needs help to improve his end product in the final third. And, after Patrick Bamford turn into a potent goal-scorer, it seems the 66-year-old looks like he can work miracles.