Manchester United are on the verge of completing their first transfer of the summer in Swansea City winger Daniel James.
Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing could cost the club in the range of £15m to £18m (including add-ons).
The Welsh International, who had just one-year left on his Swansea contract, has had his medical with Manchester United, according to the Sun.
Solskjaer earlier highlighted the club’s plan to avoid splashing big money on marquee signings, and signing James looks seems like a move in a new direction. The youngster should add more freshness to the team as United plan to rebuild after a nightmare 2018/19 campaign.
The Wales International made the jump to the senior side just last summer, and impressed everyone with his performances in the Championship. The 21-year-old managed 5 goals and 10 assists in 38 appearances in his debut season across all competitions.
Leeds United came close to signing the winger on a loan on the deadline day in January, but the deal eventually fell through.
The 21-year old is a versatile player who predominantly features on the left wing, but can switch flanks with ease in case the manager demands any such of him. His flexibility in the final third could be vital to Solskjaer’s plans, who we saw has altered his style of play depending on the opposition and the personnel available.
James excels in a lot of things – from his passing range to his dribbling to his ability to keep the ball. His pace is another thing which is likely to trouble defences, and he can be used as an impact player early on in his career as he gets used to the Premier League.
Let’s take a look at some of the fans’ reaction as Manchester United close on signing James…
Those people who are complaining about the Daniel James signing are the same people who complain that we don’t use our scouting network enough and that we never seem to find any hidden gems.
— Ryan. 🔴 (@Vintage_Utd) June 6, 2019
Daniel James medical done but deal not going to be made official till next week. Probably to give him a week to learn how to play the trumpet or banjo for the announcement video….
— Mark Goldbridge (@markgoldbridge) June 6, 2019
Some fans just can’t hide their excitement…
United on the verge of signing Daniel James pic.twitter.com/1PPzUl6rer
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) June 6, 2019
While some are just fascinated by his pace…
Imagine if Daniel James was the one receiving that pass 🙆🏾♂️pic.twitter.com/ybp8lyDQsV
— 🅸🅢🅴 (MSI)🌵 (@myezayLife) June 3, 2019
Daniel James is currently having a medical at United. He’s so fast that he makes commentators sound like car engines. 😂💨pic.twitter.com/m1pz25peEz
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) June 6, 2019
Daniel James arrives at Carrington pic.twitter.com/qdDI1IMEw8
— Erika MUFC (@erikaeldora) June 4, 2019
Paul Pogba on the ball
Daniel James…. pic.twitter.com/1DlY7NlWDl
— Josh (@ManUnitedMedia) June 6, 2019
An important note for the new signing…
Daniel James. For the love of god please stay away from Jesse Lingard.
— Too many Bluffers at Utd (@Mark_Champ20ns) June 6, 2019
A new signing is done and you cant expect rivals fans to not take a dig…
Daniel James is older than Rashford looool
— josh (@ctrjoshV3) June 6, 2019
Daniel James 4 career goals
— Jamie (@jmemc55) June 6, 2019
Me goin to juve while utd are struggling for a Europa league place n making the “marquee” signings like Daniel James pic.twitter.com/ZhZb8uFYhN
— ŃĎŁ ¥ ÂJ يعقوب (@YKAJ99) June 3, 2019
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