Leeds United’s interest in Manchester United winger Dan James looks to have hit a dead end with the club not looking to let him leave this summer.
The Whites have been in the market for a winger for some time now and with Helder Costa’s future looking in great doubt, the pressure is on to find a potential replacement.
There’s no need to find someone who can take over the reins from Raphinha and Jack Harrison, but added cover for the pair would be key going forward.
Links to Dan James have emerged every transfer window since his collapsed move from Swansea City and the same has happened this summer with The Athletic recently claiming that Bielsa still has a lot of time for the Wales international.
However, The Sun have now reported that Manchester United are not willing to let the pacey winger leave despite the arrival of Jadon Sancho.
With Leeds set to miss out again on any deal to sign James, we take a look at two knock-on effects of this update…
Pursuing other targets
James is someone that would be electric at Elland Road under the guidance of a manager that actually improves players in Bielsa.
However, this deal is one that is looking more and more unlikely by the week.
So, if Leeds know that they don’t have much of a chance in signing James, then attention will swiftly turn towards another member of the shortlist.
Links to Noa Lang have been stronger than most in this window and you’d expect him to be high on the list of priorities if Leeds are to look elsewhere.
He’s a player that the club are interested in and would present much better value over the long term.
Time to wash our hands of him
Interest in James has been synonymous with Bielsa’s time at Elland Road and you can’t blame him for taking a liking to the Man United man.
If there’s a cut-price deal to be had then there’s no reason why Leeds shouldn’t move in to sign him, given that he’s clearly been sold on what is happening at Elland Road currently.
However, we’re progressing at a very strong rate and we’re getting to the point now where we can afford to be dipping into a much more lucrative market if we need a player for that position.
James would still be a solid signing, but the arrival of Raphinha highlights the quality out there to be signed if Leeds did broaden their horizons.