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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.

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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.

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