Leeds in talks over permanent deal for Manchester United’s Daniel James
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Leeds in talks over permanent deal for Manchester United’s Daniel James

Leeds are in early talks with Manchester United about signing Daniel James on a permanent basis, more than two years after almost signing him on loan.

Despite starting the win over Wolves on Sunday, the Wales forward has been used sparingly at Old Trafford under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and the impending arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus means the 23-year-old will fall even further down the pecking order, especially after United also signed Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for £73 million.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 07: Daniel James of Manchester United during the Pre Season Friendly fixture between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on August 7, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Leeds has approached United with the intention of completing a deal for James, with fee and personal terms reportedly being discussed.

United are expected to demand a fee of around £20 million for James, who has three years left on his contract, after paying around £15 million to sign him from Swansea in 2019. A proposed loan move to Leeds had collapsed in the January transfer window, so United are likely to demand a fee of around £20 million for him. In recent weeks, several other Premier League clubs are thought to have expressed an interest.

However, Diogo Dalot appears to be staying at Old Trafford as Solskjaer chose not to allow his loan move to Borussia Dortmund. After United leased Brandon Williams to Norwich, the Portugal defender is in need as a backup to Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

United also confirmed that Amad Diallo was unable to complete his loan move to Feyenoord due to a thigh injury sustained in training and expected to keep him out for six weeks. A statement said, “Amad will remain at United and rehabilitate back to full fitness.”

Written by Evanium Beryl

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