Leeds United have “concrete interest” in Manchester United forward Daniel James but signing the Wales international is not straightforward, according to Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth.
The Sun has recently reported that Leeds feel an offer of £12million plus add-ons will be enough to tempted Man United into selling the 22-year-old speedster.
However, Sheth has now reported that the Red Devils might only consider letting James leave Old Trafford on loan if Jadon Sancho is brought in from Borussia Dortmund.
It is understood that James is seen as back-up to Mason Greenwood but the introduction of Sancho at Manchester United would see the Welshman drop down the pecking order enough to grease the wheels on a move to Leeds United.
“While Manchester United are struggling to offload players, there does appear to be a concrete interest from Leeds in the winger Daniel James,” said Sheth on Sky Sports’ Transfer Show, as quoted via the broadcaster’s live transfer blog on Wednesday [05:43pm].
“Would United consider letting James go out on loan? Ordinarily, yes. The problem is that he is currently the first-choice back-up to Mason Greenwood on the right side.
“So that brings us back to Jadon Sancho, and you wonder if James will be allowed to go out on loan without Sancho or an alternative was brought into the squad. It would appear that he wouldn’t unless they brought in Sancho or a replacement. United fans are getting anxious with 12 days left to get business done.”
James started for Man United in their first Premier League match of the season at the weekend but was hooked off at half-time.
Stats by WyScout show that the former Swansea attacker – who almost joined Leeds in January 2019 – completed 25 of the 29 passes he attempted, found his intended target with one of his four crosses and 67 per cent of his dribbles were successful.
It wasn’t the worst of first-half displays by James but Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clearly deemed it necessary to take him off at half-time.
Do Leeds want James?
Although he hasn’t exactly shone at Old Trafford, there’s no saying he couldn’t perform well by taking a step back to a team like Leeds.
We’ve seen in the past how players have left Man United and been better suited to teams aiming for mid-table or expected to finish in the bottom half.
James could be the same and he’d be a good addition to a squad which Marcelo Bielsa feels needs extra depth on the wings.
In other Leeds United news, an RB Leipzig chief has suggested movement in the Jean-Kevin Augustin saga in the coming days.