James completes Man Utd move

London, Jun 13 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 6/13/2019 12:36:50 PM IST

Daniel James has completed his transfer to Manchester United from Swansea on a five-year contract with the option of a sixth, subject to international clearance.

United had agreed a deal in principle to sign the 21-year-old from Swansea last week, with the player having completed a medical and agreed personal terms.

It is understood that United will pay Swansea an initial fee of £15m, plus £3m in add-ons, for James - who becomes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing as the club’s manager.

“Daniel is an exciting young winger with lots of skills, vision, exceptional pace and a good work ethic,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the club’s official website.

“He had a great season with Swansea City and has all the attributes needed to become a Manchester United player. We are delighted he has signed with our club and we are all looking forward to working with him. This is the perfect environment for Daniel to continue his development.”

James is delighted to have sealed his move to Old Trafford but admitted the move is “tinged with sadness” after his father passed away last month.

“This is one of the best days of my life and a challenge I am really looking forward to,” he said.

“The Premier League is the best league in the world and Manchester United is the perfect place for me to continue to develop as a player. This is an incredibly proud moment for me and my family, however, it is tinged with sadness that my father isn’t able to share this experience with us.”

“I am looking forward to working with Ole, meeting the team and getting started.”

Swansea academy graduate James scored five goals in 38 appearances during a breakthrough 2018-19 season.

He made his Wales debut in the friendly defeat to Albania in November 2018 and has won four caps in total, scoring the winner in the 1-0 victory over Slovakia in their Euro 2020 Qualifier in March.

Bale no longer a United target

Gareth Bale is no longer one of Manchester United’s transfer targets this summer, despite speculation linking the Welshman with a move to Old Trafford.

While the 29-year-old has remained on United’s radar since they attempted to sign him as a youngster, both his age and the salary he commands means he does not fit the transfer profile the club are pursuing.

The signing of Swansea’s Daniel James is symptomatic of a change in strategy at Manchester United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to bring in the best young British talent in the coming weeks.

United are still keen to sign Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and have also earmarked Harry Maguire as one of their top targets.

It is thought Bale earns more than £500,000 a week at Real Madrid, adding another financial hurdle to a deal United have no interest in pursuing.

The Wales international faces an uncertain future at the Bernabeu following the return of Zinedine Zidane, who has already been backed heavily in the transfer market. Real have already brought in Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao and Rodrygo this summer, and have been linked to a host of other names as Zidane looks to rebuild the Spanish giants following a dismal campaign.

Despite seemingly enduring a tumultuous relationship with Zidane and the Real supporters, Bale has enjoyed a trophy-laden spell at the club.

He has won one La Liga title, a Copa del Rey crown and four Champions League trophies, scoring decisive goals in the finals against Atletico Madrid in 2014 and Liverpool in 2018.


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