Manchester United have agreed a £15million deal with Swansea City for winger Dan James, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
There is expected to be a serious rebuild at Old Trafford in the summer, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to reshape his squad as he looks to guide the Red Devils back to the top.
And it seems as if the 20-time Premier League champions are set to go back to their old ways – signing young, hungry, talented players that are on their way up in the game.
James is a player who certainly fits that bill – the 21-year-old has established himself as one of the most exciting players in the Championship after a string of impressive performances for Swansea City this season.
Here, FLW’s George Harbey discusses this potential deal, in today’s FLW Six Point Opinion…
Firstly, what have you made of Dan James’ season?
He has been a breath of fresh air to, put it simply.
Very little was expected of Swansea this season – they didn’t look like they had any “big-name” players in their squad following their relegation from the Premier League.
But James, along with Oli McBurnie, has really stepped up to the plate under Graham Potter, and has taken the league by storm at times this season.
He’s recovered really well from his failed move to Leeds United in January, which shows how mature he is as it would have been a big blow for him at the time.
Is he good enough for the Premier League?
I think that he is more than capable of making the step-up to the top-flight.
The likes of David Brooks and James Maddison, who all made similar impacts to James in the Championship, have made the step-up with ease for AFC Bournemouth and Leicester City respectively.
James has shone for Wales too, which shows just how much of a real talent he is.
Is he good enough for a team like Manchester United?
Things definitely do need to change at Old Trafford in terms of recruitment.
The big-money signings of Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba have flattered to deceive so far, and as alluded to before, they look to be switching back to their recruitment policy of that under Sir Alex Ferguson.
I think the jury will be out on James if he moved to a massive team like United, but there is no reason to say why he can’t be a success at Old Trafford.
He would relish the chance of playing for a club of that size, and that can only bode well for the Red Devils.
Is £15million the right price for him?
I think that that this signing has the potential to become one of the bargains of the century.
I think it’s one of them ones where, in a few years, we will look back and become baffled that United only paid £15million for him.
His potential is sky high, and in today’s market, it’s an absolute steal.
What attributes will he bring to Solskjaer’s side?
People will look at his statistics from this season – five goals and eight assists – and will write him off straight away.
But football isn’t played on paper, it is played on grass, and on grass, James is actually a ridiculously talented player.
He is a player that loves to get the ball and just run forward, and his pace is frightening quite frankly.
He is exactly what they need.
Finally, who should Swansea replace him with?
I think he’s irreplaceable.
His potential, his current ability, his speed, his agility – these are all traits that you will struggle to find in a player of James’ age.
Of course, there are some very good players out there for a new manager to find for the Swans, but it’s such a difficult task to replace him.