What Leeds’ playoff loss means for their pursuit of Daniel James

Leeds’ loss to Derby County was heartbreaking enough for supporters, but now there is salt to rub into the wound as that result has seemingly affected their pursuit of a long term target.

Long term target

The winter transfer window was a frustrating one for the Yorkshire club as they failed to land a number of their targets, meaning that Kiko Casilla was their only addition in January.

Daniel James was very nearly a United player, but the deal fell through at the last minute meaning he stayed at Swansea.

The winger had only played a handful of games for the Welsh club when Leeds attempted to purchase him, but since then his stock has risen substantially meaning a £15 million price tag has been put on his head.

Rumours have been rampant that the Welshman is set for a move to Old Trafford in the summer, and Manchester United may have a much clearer path to signing the youngster now that Leeds’ fate has been sealed.

Not joining the Whites

It seems that the Yorkshire club’s pursuit of the winger will now be over as they can’t offer him Premier League football next year.

Victor Orta showed great ambition by telling James to wait for Leeds’ playoff run conclude before he made up his mind on his future, but now the decision has seemingly been made for him as the Whites can’t compete with the 20-time Champions of England.

The Whites wouldn’t be able to cough up the £15million fee that Swansea are now asking for, and Elland Road is a much less lucrative destination for the 21-year-old now that it has been confirmed that Marcelo Bielsa’s side will be playing Championship football again next season.

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