United Trying To Complete Transfer Quickly After Agreeing Personal Terms With Player

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in the stands.

Reuters / Andrew Boyers

If claims and rumors are to be trusted, Manchester United’s transfer pursuits are going no better than the season that just passed.

As usual, the club has some big targets on their radar, but competition from European giants and lack of Champions League football to offer next season has really hurt their appeal.

As of such, offering frankly ridiculous financial incentives are about the only way in which they have been tempting players. When that has failed, the Old Trafford outfit has set their sights on the second-tier of English football, eager to purchase promising talents from the Championship on a bargain rate.

However, even that attempt may have run into a roadblock.

United have had Daniel James on their radar for a long time now. It was understood that the club had agreed to personal terms with the Welsh winger and that they are merely playing the waiting game with Swansea City in order to get the 21-year-old at the cheapest price possible.

However, the Evening Standard now reports that AS Monaco have taken an active interest in securing the youngster and that may force United’s hand. The report claims that the Red Devils are close to reaching an agreement with the club, although not for the price they were hoping for.

The source pegs Swansea’s asking price to be in the region of £20 million but Ed Woodward and company would have preferred to seal the deal for £10 million.

Despite that, the entire affair is still a massive bargain for the club, who were instead hoping to secure Borussia Dortmund’s Jaden Sancho in that spot. That deal was reported to set United back by at least £100 million, but the German giants weren’t willing to let go of the former Manchester City starlet.

Despite the interest from Monaco, it is believed that United is James’ preferred destination.