Manchester United have completed the signing of Daniel James for £15m from Swansea City. The 21-year-old has signed a five-year contract with the Red Devils to become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing of what is expected to be a busy summer.
James has had a breakthrough season with Swansea, last year, as he forced his way into the first team. He has developed a reputation at the Welsh club as a fast-tricky winger with an eye for a goal and was close to signing for Leeds in January before talks between the two clubs eventually broke down. He scored five goals in 38 appearances for the Championship side last season.
AFP reported that Solskjaer said he was happy to sign the Welshman. “Daniel is an exciting young winger with lots of skills, vision, exceptional pace and a good work ethic. He had a great season with Swansea City and has all the attributes needed to become a Manchester United player. We are delighted he has signed with our club and we are all looking forward to working with him. This is the perfect environment for Daniel to continue his development."
AFP also reported that the Welsh winger was delighted to join the club. "This is one of the best days of my life and a challenge I am really looking forward to. The Premier League is the best league in the world and Manchester United is the perfect place for me to continue to develop as a player.”
James’s dad passed away less than a month ago and the young forward admitted that the move is “tinged with sadness” that his father was not around to witness it.
"This is an incredibly proud moment for me and my family. However, it is tinged with sadness that my father isn't able to share this experience with us. I am looking forward to working with Ole, meeting the team and getting started."