Manchester United are set to sign their first player in the summer transfer window. Daniel James has reportedly agreed personal terms with the Devils. Reports earlier this month suggested that Swansea and United were close to agreeing a £15million deal for the highly-rated winger. Sky Sports are currently reporting that James has agreed personal terms with the Devils, but a deal between the two clubs has not yet been agreed.
Less than two weeks we wrote about James, explaining who he is and how he could adjust to Manchester United if he is to sign the deal with the club.
Daniel James is a 21-year-old winger from Swansea City. He is Wales international and has been playing in the Championship this season. Most of the time he played on the left wing, with occasional change of position to the right wing or even forward line. However, left wing is his natural habitat.
With Sky Sports reporting that this is almost a done deal, what does this transfer mean for Man United? James is a different kind of signing to players United have been signing in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era. If we remember the likes of Angel Di Maria, Falcao and Memphis Depay, we will see plenty of established players who were not in ideal positions when coming to United. Di Maria was basically moved on by Real Madrid, Falcao had a tough time after injuries and Depay never played in a tougher league than Eredivisie.
But now it looks like with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the manager that the club is changing direction. That is confirmed by the rumours that Man United are ready to make an offer for Newcastle United’s Sean Longstaff, another young British talent. James and Longstaff are definitely not players who have immediate quality to make a big difference at United, but are a move in direction where hungry youngsters are ready to work hard, have a proper attitude and try to be a good option for long-term.
Neither of that is necessarily bad. Having players who are not established yet might be a wise option in order to have a strong, united squad, but pure lack of quality might resurface in the next few years. That is why Manchester United need to strike a good balance.
They should definitely be signing young British talents, who are eager to grow at Man United and challenge the established players, but the Devils should not forget about adding players with obvious qualities. Kalidou Koulibaly is one of the mentioned players who would do exactly that. If Man United can do that and strike that balance, than making Daniel James the first signing of the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era would be a good start.
If you want more insight on who Daniel James really is and what his season for Swansea in Championship was like, you can find it HERE. It is clear that new times are arriving at Old Trafford. Whether that is good or bad, it will be easier to tell once the transfer window is completed.