Swansea winger Daniel James is set to undergo a medical at Manchester United ahead of a reported £18 million move to the Premier League giants.
If the report from Sky Sports is to be believed, Manchester United are close to sealing their first ‘real’ signing of the summer transfer window. Swansea winger Daniel James, who has been touted to join the Red Devils, is set for a medical ahead of the proposed summer move to Old Trafford.
The report states that Manchester United will end up paying £18 million for Daniel James, with £15 million upfront and £3 million in add-ons. While Ajax starlet Dillon Hoogewerf has already completed his move to Manchester United, James will be the first signing as far as direct impact into the first-team setup is concerned.
Daniel James has been labelled as one of the most exciting prospects in Championship in the recently concluded 2018-19 season. With a tally of 4 goals and 9 assists to show for his efforts in the regular league season, James did not just impress by his numbers but also with his pace and directness, something Manchester United have been lacking out wide.
One of the highlights of United’s performances has been wingers continuing to cut inside instead of touching the byline or trying to put dangerous crosses in the box. While this worked to an extent under Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s system needs proper width to be provided by the wide midfielders or wingers.
While Daniel James may not be the best of profiles as far as the brand is concerned, the winger fits right into the profile of players that Manchester United have been targeting over the years before the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill, which saw United in turn, go for high profile players and statement signings.
The failures that represent the transfers of Angel Di Maria, Alexis Sanchez, Fred and Memphis Depay have perhaps shown Manchester United that brand value doesn’t add to the footballing quotient of the team on the pitch. Apart from Fred, the other three players are wingers, which has perhaps seen Manchester United drop their pursuit of Jadon Sancho, who was once labelled as a priority target for the Red Devils by news outlets.
Daniel James is a natural left winger but can slot in on the right as well. So, while the primary aim for United would be to fit James in on the right, the Swansea star can even be a replacement on the left, should Manchester United end up offloading Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez in the summer.
Exciting times ahead for Manchester United fans. While United might not be in the Champions League, this will enable the club to rebuild and James could be the first part of the entire scheme.