An insight into the kind of fee which Leeds United are expected to fork over for the signature of Manchester United star Dan James has been forthcoming on Monday evening.
The Ronaldo knock-on
Fresh speculation surrounding the future of Red Devils wide-man James has of course ramped up over the course of the day.
On the back of Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational Old Trafford return, James has been widely labelled as the odd man out in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s star-studded frontline.
The United boss currently has all of the Welsh international, Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho at his disposal (not to mention the up and coming Amad Diallo).
In turn, despite having been handed a surprise start in the club’s meeting with Wolves on Sunday, murmurs have begun to mount that James could be moved on before tomorrow evening’s transfer deadline.
The early front-runners for his signature pushed in the media, meanwhile, have come as little surprise.
Two years on from seeing a swoop for James crumble at the last, Leeds United have returned to the fray, ready to take advantage of the pacy wide-man’s precarious situation in Manchester.
In fact, so serious are those in a position of power at Elland Road when it comes to landing the Welshman, that negotiations, as of this afternoon, were said to be at an ‘advanced’ point:
Noa Lang rumours few days ago were ‘fake’ – never been close to Leeds in the last weeks.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 30, 2021
And now, on Monday evening, a further update on the situation has been forthcoming. This comes in the form of an insight into the kind of fee which Leeds are ready to fork over for James.
Reliable outlet The Athletic point towards an initial £25 million, followed by a series of potential add-ons:
NEW: Leeds United have agreed a fee with Manchester United to sign Daniel James. £25m initial fee, in addition to add-ons. He is travelling tonight to Leeds. Deal pending medical. Long-term target for Bielsa secured. #mufc #lufc https://t.co/y18G3Q2IAw
— Adam Crafton (@AdamCrafton_) August 30, 2021
Transfer insider Mike McGrath of the Telegraph, meanwhile, pushes a figure closer to the £30 million mark:
— Mike McGrath (@mcgrathmike) August 30, 2021
Whatever the case proves to be, one things looks for certain – Manchester United are set to make a profit on a player deemed as surplus to requirements, who would likely have spent the majority of the season ahead watching on from the bench.
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