Manchester United have been linked with a score of players over the course of the past weeks and the reports have been on either end of the spectrum. Their bigger prospects seemed unlikely to materialize as the lack of Champions League football hurt their attractive ability.
As a result, claims were strongly suggesting that the Red Devils would look at less illustrious options as well. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on building his squad with able youngsters and was linked with multiple promising talents from the Championship- the second tier of English football.
Now, there is official word on the earliest of the Championship player they were linked with.
The club, in an official statement, confirmed that Daniel James will shortly be a part of their roster, making him the first signing of the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era.
The club statement read: “Manchester United is delighted to announce that it has agreed, in principle, terms with both Swansea City and Daniel James for his transfer to the club. Daniel has successfully completed a medical at the Aon Training Complex. Further details will be communicated once the international transfer window opens next week.”
The 21-year-old Welsh winger emerged as a surprising target for the Mancunian giants, who were eager on landing a forward this window. Though reports had been doing the rounds suggesting that personal terms had been agreed to quite a while ago, it was understood that the Old Trafford outfit were biding their time and waiting on Swansea to lower their asking price.
However, alleged interest from other clubs is believed to have forced their hand, leading into this announcement.
This is a vital signing for Solskjaer, as the youngster is a pacey forward and has been pinned with much potential. It will be interesting to see if some other forwards are targeted by the club this window as well.