Official: Dan James leaves Man United on permanent deal, joins Leeds

It’s official, it’s over the line. Daniel James has left Man United – heading for Leeds United.

Two years ago, Manchester United pulled off a transfer deadline day move to sign Daniel James.

On debut, James would take just over five minutes to score his first Red Devils goal against Chelsea. The Wales international introduced himself to the world in the perfect way.

It always looked like James was a developmental signing. It would take him time to reach his full potential. Sadly, United will no longer benefit from that as James has become the casualty from the Cristiano Ronaldo signing.

Today, United confirmed that the winger has joined Leeds United on a permanent deal. In a move that’d roughly double the £12-15m paid to sign James, it was probably too good-a-transfer to say no to given the current climate.


The move is now all done, with James joining up with Leeds United – two-and-a-half years after coming so close to linking up with Marcelo Bielsa’s side before sealing a move to Old Trafford.

Sure, I’d have much preferred James to move elsewhere than Leeds United, but that definitely looks like a good fit for the winger. He’ll thrive in that Leeds system, with their manager a big believer in what James can offer.

Sometimes, transfers benefit all parties. This feels like one of those deals and although United would have liked to keep James around and develop him – it was a needs-must scenario where someone had to leave to accommodate a certain Portuguese whose arrival is imminent.

From scoring that goal on debut, to giving absolutely everything every single time he takes to the field, James leaves with everyone’s best wishes.

All the best and thanks for everything, Daniel.

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