Transfer deadline day: Premier League round-up
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From the outside, Daniel James’ £30million switch to Leeds from Manchester United looked a formality but the Red Devils reportedly knocked back three offers before the deal was struck. The Welsh winger finally completed his move to Elland Road over two-and-a-half years after his move to the club from Swansea collapsed at the eleventh hour in January 2019, before he eventually landed an even bigger move to United that summer.
Things have not entirely gone to plan for James at Old Trafford, who has struggled to kick on despite respectable opportunities under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
James feels as if this is the right opportunity to kick on under a manager who also has enormous faith in him.
Solskjaer had told James after starting him in the 1-0 win at Wolves last Sunday that minutes would be limited this season following the sensational return of Cristiano Ronaldo.
That’s when Leeds entered the fray and according to The Athletic, the Whites submitted three bids within an hour when negotiating with senior United figures Matt Judge and John Murtough.
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All of the proposals were improved offers before United eventually struck a deal, agreeing to let James leave.
It’s understood United believe this is a win for their negotiating team, who have managed to make a significant profit on the £15m paid to Swansea over two years ago.
James is just the fourth player Manchester United have made a profit on within the last decade.
Left-back Alexander Buttner was snapped up for just £3.9m before being flogged to Dynamo Moscow for £5.6m.
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Javier Hernandez was one of the greatest bargains in United history when he was signed for £6.5m in 2010.
Louis van Goal then managed to shift him for £9m five years later after the Mexican helped United win several trophies.
Finally, Chris Smalling also joined from Fulham for just £7m before heading to Roma for £18.1m.
While James knows better than anyone that leaving a club the size of United is not easy, he is confident he has made the best decision for his career.
“I think for me, my football career, it was completely the right decision. Don’t get me wrong I had an unbelievable time and made great friends,” James told Sky Sports earlier this week.
“The staff were amazing to me and the fans. For me it’s my time to move on career-wise and moving forward. I’m looking forward to it.
“I’m a different player and person. I’d only played half a season when I nearly signed here last time.
“I’ve got more games under my belt at the top level and I’d like to think I can add something else here.”
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