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Report: Leeds United emerges as potential escape route for Man United flop, £12m fee touted

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Daniel James could yet end up at Leeds United, 18 months after his expected transfer to Elland Road fell through.

Leeds are still in the mix to sign players this summer, with Marcelo Bielsa known to be a fan of the Manchester United winger.

He should’ve joined Leeds in January 2019, but the winger’s then-club Swansea City pulled the plug on a deal.

James is now with Man United, but he is struggling there and a move to Leeds might materialise once more.

An article in The Sun has emerged stating that Leeds have been alerted to the fact Man United might be open to moving James on.

After his failed move to Elland Road, Man United swooped to sign him for £18m, but his career at Old Trafford hasn’t taken off.

He’s down the pecking order and not being utilised properly in Manchester, and Leeds could be an escape route for him.

It’s noted that the Whites believe they can get him for £12m plus add-ons, whilst there’s also the option of a loan deal.

In 33 Premier League appearances last season, the 22-year-old scored three goals and registered six assists.

First of all, I’m not convinced we need another winger.

Jack Harrison and Helder Costa look in great touch, whilst Ian Poveda and Ezgjan Alioski are good alternatives.

Additionally, Pablo Hernandez can play there, but that would require a central midfielder coming in.

For my money, that central midfielder needs to be a priority now.

Moving onto James, I’m torn. He was clearly gutted his move fell through back in 2019 and the chance to come to the club might appeal.

He’s a good player, but the lack of quality coaching he’s getting at Old Trafford is hurting him.

I’ve no doubt that Bielsa would get more out of him than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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