Manchester United are closing in on Swansea City’s Daniel James for a low fee and we think it could be the bargain of the season in England.
According to Mail Online, the Red Devils are finalising the details of a £10m deal for James, who will be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first major signing at the club.
The report suggested that only a few minor details remain in the deal, with United reportedly fending off competition from Manchester City, Everton and Newcastle to the signing.
Another team that were linked were Brighton, the club that current Swansea boss Graham Potter is reportedly set to join, despite complications in that deal.
If the James move to United does go through as expected, it will be one of the deals of the summer, and potentially the bargain of the season.
£10m is nothing in this current market and the Welsh winger could genuinely get into their starting eleven if he produces the same performances as this season.
With Alexis Sanchez flopping, Marcus Rashford preferred centrally, and Juan Mata potentially leaving, there is an opportunity for James across the front line.
He will bring energy that United have lacked in recent years, while his unique running style could devastate Premier League defences next term.
Another quality he will bring is his youth and desire to learn.
Instead of using his big ego – which has been a problem at Old Trafford – James will feel honoured to be at the club and give his all every week.
Sky Sports reported on Friday morning that Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff is another target for United, with the young midfielder being similar to James in that he will bring energy and passion to the United team, without having a big ego.
It feels like United are adopting a clear transfer strategy, one that will be different to the ‘panic buys’ of recent years that include Sanchez, Fred, and many more.
James has scored four goals and assisted nine more this season in the Championship, and has shone in many league games. Another time he excelled was against Manchester City in Swansea’s unfortunate narrow loss in the FA Cup. James had the better of experienced defenders that day, showing the step up will not be too much for him.
He may not walk into the team and bridge the gap for United and the top two on his own, but he will certainly improve the club and be a huge bargain.