Manchester United could yet offload Dan James this summer amid Leeds United’s ongoing pursuit of the winger.
Leeds boss, Marcelo Bielsa, is a long-term admirer of James. They thought he was Elland Road bound in 2019, only for then club, Swansea City, to pull the plug on that transfer at the last minute.
On the back of that collapsed Leeds move, James has signed for Man United, but Jadon Sancho and various other high-profile names sit ahead of him in the pecking order.
It would also appear that Leeds’ interest still remains.
A variety of reports earlier in the summer transfer window insisted that Leeds were set for disappointment when it came to James, with Man United unwilling to sell.
However, a fresh report from ESPN has revealed that if the price is right, Leeds could well get their man as Man United are willing to sell.
James, 23, has made 48 Premier League appearances over two seasons at Old Trafford. He’s scored six league goals in that time and registered a further seven assists.
The winger was also part of the Wales squad that reached the Last 16 of Euro 2020 this summer.
Bielsa is a big fan of James and despite use getting two years down the line from the collapse of his move to Elland Road, it’s unlikely that the Argentinian’s view of him has changed.
James hasn’t been overly convincing at Old Trafford but Bielsa would develop him and turn him into a player that could potentially be very good for Leeds in the Premier League.
Leeds have great options out wide, though there is a place in the squad for someone with the raw pace that James has.
I guess the sticking point here is always going to be what Man United want and what Leeds are willing to pay for James.
Leeds won’t throw down £20m, but they might just be willing to put together a package that gets the Man United chiefs thinking.