Report: Daniel James to Undergo Manchester United Medical Ahead of £18M Move

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2019

SWANSEA, WALES - MAY 01: Daniel James of Swansea City in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Derby County at the Liberty Stadium on May 01, 2019 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)
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Daniel James is reportedly set to undergo a medical with Manchester United on Thursday before sealing an £18 million move to Old Trafford from Swansea City. 

According to Sky Sports News, the fee includes an up-front payment of £15 million, plus £3 million in add-ons.

Assuming all goes well with the medical, James looks set to be United's first signing of the summer as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer starts to rebuild his struggling squad.

Per Sky Sports News' Kaveh Solhekol, United were not the only club interested in the 21-year-old:

Kaveh Solhekol @SkyKaveh

Manchester United signing Swansea winger Daniel James in £18m deal. £15m plus £3m add ons. Lots of other clubs were interested but he only wanted to join United.

The Wales international enjoyed a breakout season with Swansea in the Championship in 2018-19, making 33 appearances while netting four goals and providing seven assists.

His most notable attribute is his electric pace, and he is also incredibly versatile, able to play in multiple attacking positions on either flank and through the middle:

Sam Pilger @sampilger

#MUFC close to confirming the signing of Daniel James from Swansea for around £15 million. It is a promising start, strengthening the squad with a young, quick and athletic player, but the club needs and expects a lot more arrivals to follow.

A move to United will be a big step up for James, who has only played one season as a first-team regular, and that was in the second tier.

Red Devils fans cannot expect him to immediately make consistent contributions in the Premier League, but his huge potential makes him an exciting signing for United.

James' imminent move also signals a potential change in transfer policy for the Manchester giants.

In recent windows, United have spent big money on established players like Romelu Lukaku, Fred and Paul Pogba without seeming to have a coherent plan as to how they will all fit into the squad.

The policy has not worked well. Barely any of United's recent signings can be said to have been unqualified successes.

James' signing, meanwhile, would point to a strategy of spending less money on young players with great potential whom Solskjaer will be able to use to mould a coherent, and hopefully successful, side.