'Very big on him': Bielsa's 'forever interested' in signing £15m player for Leeds, journalist suggests
Phil Hay has claimed on his self-titled podcast that Marcelo Bielsa is ‘forever interested’ in Leeds United winger Dan James, amid rumours that they could return for him this summer.
Leeds famously missed out on signing James from Swansea City, six months before he moved to Manchester United for £15 million (Sky Sports).
And the links with Leeds have never really died down since he moved to Old Trafford.
The Scottish Mail have claimed this week that Bielsa’s side are now keen on landing the rapid winger once again.
And Hay feels that James is a player who Bielsa will always want at Leeds, as he is such a big fan.
‘Bielsa is forever interested in Dan James,” Hay said. “Before they did the deal for Raphinha they were looking into the possibility of taking Dan James on loan from Manchester United. I don’t think it was ever really an option, but Raphinha really was last minute.
“I get the feeling that Bielsa will consistently be interested in Dan James, because he was very big on him when Leeds nearly got him from Swansea.”
Even if Leeds don’t manage to get James, it is believed that the Whites could look for another forward this summer.
Last minute deal
And Hay thinks that if Leeds do make a move then it could be something which occurs later on in the transfer window.
“A winger. It will depend on who becomes available and who Bielsa really wants. If there’s an option to do that before the end of the window I think they will, but I think that will be a later deal,” he added.
If Leeds do bring in a winger, they will face a fight to earn a regular starting place.
Leeds already have Jack Harrison and Raphinha down either flank.
James would be an appealing target, in the sense that he is so rapid he could make them an even bigger threat on the counter-attack.
He really shone at Euro 2020, when his performances for Wales in the group stages caught the eye.
But whether Manchester United would be willing to loan him out to a rival remains to be seen.