In a transfer that two is years late, Daniel James has completed a move to Leeds United, according to Fabrizio Romano. Having been linked with a move to the Yorkshire club whilst at Swansea City, with the move collapsing at the last minute, the winger will finally play under Marcelo Bielsa.
The Welshman leaves Manchester United for a reported fee of £28 million, with add ons. The Red Devils will consider the transfer a good piece of business having originally signed James for £15 million back in 2019. When considering the face that they paid a reported transfer fee of £21.4 million to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo, the Daniel James sale looks like one of the best pieces of business all summer.
Daniel James Completes Leeds United Move
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— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 31, 2021
Bielsa Finally Has His Man
As previously touched on, Marcelo Bielsa very nearly welcomed Daniel James to Elland Road in 2019, with the winger even undergoing a medical before a deal collapsed. Now, two years later, we’ve got ourselves a prime example of ‘good things come to those who wait’, with James set to finally take his first steps as a Leeds player after the international break.
Of course, part of James will be disappointed with the move. He was at Manchester United and the Theatre of Dreams, after all. Yet, it must be said, he stood little chance competing against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford.
It is very much a case of, as one door closes, another, perhaps more suitable, door opens. At Leeds, under Bielsa, the Welshman has the opportunity to play week in, week out, expressing his clear ability, and taking the Yorkshire club up a level or two, in the process.
He didn’t necessarily fail at United. It was more a scenario where the competition grew too advanced for James to stick around at Old Trafford.
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