Manchester United have certainly been having a bumpy start to their summer transfer window. The Red Devils are linked to a host of names and those sagas have more or less followed a similar pattern.
When players or clubs reject United’s approach, it is generally due to their lack of Champions League football. This leaves the English club in a tricky spot as they are unable to offer anything else except for enormous financial incentives.
However, their likely inaugural signing this summer may not be an expensive one.
Multiple sources have indicated that Daniel James to Manchester United is all but done. John Percy of the Telegraph tweeted that the 21-year-old Welsh winger is undergoing his medical today and is poised to be the first senior team signing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s regime.
Kaveh Solhekol of Sky Sports gave out additional details, indicating that the entire deal will cost the Red Devils £18 million, with £15 million up-front plus £3 million in the form of add-ons. The same source added that lots of other clubs were interested in the winger but that James had his eyes set on Old Trafford.
Monaco were amongst the teams earlier reported to be in the fray to make the signing. The same report had suggested that additional interest from other clubs may have forced United’s hand.
Otherwise, the club were believed to have secured personal terms with the player well in advance and were merely waiting out for Swansea to come down to a lower price. However, with the move in the pipelines for so long, United surely couldn’t afford to delay.
This is a move that indicates a return to the SAF-era transfer policy, with Championship players also included the club’s radar. This is certainly a safer approach than buying expensive talents only to get stuck in wage wastes.