Leeds United are reportedly willing to lodge an offer worth £25 million for Manchester United winger Daniel James.
According to a report by Football Insider, Leeds United are set to offer a take-it-or-leave-it offer for Daniel James. The newly-promoted Premier League outfit are willing to bid £25 million for the Welsh international, who has no intention of leaving Manchester United this summer.
Daniel James joined Manchester United from Swansea City last summer in a low-money deal and quickly established himself as a regular in the first half of his maiden campaign at Old Trafford. However, since the turn of the year, the advent of Mason Greenwood has coincided with James’s drop down the pecking order.
With Greenwood now the first-choice right-winger, game-time has been hard to come by for James. And, with Manchester United hot on the trails of Jadon Sancho, there have been suggestions that the Welshman could be allowed to leave after just one season with the club.
Leeds United, who had nearly signed James last year before the move bizarrely collapsed, are still showing an interest in the 22-year-old. The Whites, though, wanted the player on an initial loan deal, a prospect that Manchester United were unwilling to agree to.
Now, though, Leeds are ready to offer £25 million in exchange for the services of James, something that they are hoping could turn the Red Devils’ head. The interest in the Manchester United winger makes sense as well, considering Marcelo Bielsa has little quality on the flanks beyond first-choice duo Helder Costa and Jack Harrison.
James, with his relentless work-rate and express pace, appears to be a viable target. However, Leeds could have an uphill task in convincing the Welsh international to swap Old Trafford with Elland Road, as he is not open to the prospect of leaving Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Leeds’ potential £25 million will also come with a caveat, as it will be a take-it-or-leave-it bid. As for Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly hoping that the sale of James could help fund the move for Sancho, which has been held up for several weeks now.
What now remains to be seen is if Manchester United are ready to accept the offer once Leeds table it to them. Further, it will be interesting to see if James’s possible sale also paves the way for Jadon Sancho to finally arrive at Old Trafford.