An update has emerged on Leeds target Dan James, regarding how much Manchester United want for the forward.
According to The Telegraph, Manchester United want £25m for Leeds United transfer target Dan James this summer, which has caused Burnley to exit the race to win his signature.
Leeds have been tracking James for several years and reportedly recently reignited their interest in the attacker as Victor Orta looks to improve the squad ahead of next season.
Orta must ensure that he can get a deal over the line for James this summer following this latest update.
He has been a long-term target and they now know exactly how much money they need to pay. The Whites chief should splash out the £25m and bring him to the club, as Marcelo Bielsa would be in dreamland if he could finally get the chance to work with him.
Speaking on The Phil Hay Show, the titular journalist said in regards to Leeds wanting James: “That’s a question for Bielsa because Bielsa is forever interested in Dan James, and you probably remember last summer that before they did the deal for Raphinha, they were looking into the possibility of bringing Dan James in on loan from Manchester United. I don’t think it was ever really a possibility because it didn’t seem as though Solskjaer wanted him to go.”
This shows that Bielsa would love to coach him, having chased him for so long. Whilst they may not have been able to sign James on loan in the summer Hay mentioned, they do now have the opportunity to complete a permanent swoop for the Welsh international.
James’ Manchester United teammate Andreas Pereira once heaped praise on the forward, labelling him as “explosive and so fast” when asked about the quickest player within the squad in a club interview.
The 23-year-old’s pace could mean that he is able to strike a lethal partnership with Patrick Bamford. James enjoyed an impressive European Championships with Wales this summer, averaging 2.5 key passes and 1.5 dribbles completed per game across four appearances, recording a WhoScored rating of 6.88.
Patrick Bamford scored 17 goals in the Premier League for Leeds and will need quality service from out wide to replicate that again next term.
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Imagine James using his scintillating pace to burst down to the byline before clipping a cross to the back post for the ex-Chelsea hitman to head or volley home. This, along with Bielsa’s keen interest in James, is why Orta must secure a deal for the former Swan.