The transfer window has been officially open for a couple of weeks now, although Manchester United have kicked proceedings off (in terms of both incomings and outgoings) rather slowly.
However, according to the Evening Standard, Daniel James is ‘expected’ to be the Red Devils’ first summer signing, with United ‘nearing a breakthrough’ in their pursuit of the 21-year-old.
Apparently, interest from AS Monaco in James has forced United into action. The Old Trafford outfit were hoping to sign the Wales international for somewhere around the £10million mark, while Swansea City are holding out for £20million – and no doubt interest from the principality club will lead to the Reds paying more than they would have liked.
The good news is that James has his heart set on a United move, hence why interest from both Leeds United and Brighton eventually came to nothing. It does feel as though this is a transfer that’ll happen sooner or later, it’s just a case of when…
My worry is that again, Edward Woodward is trying to over-negotiate. Although it’s not looking like it could hurt them in pursuit of James, this tight-fisted, sluggish approach may well affect United at some point over this summer.