Leeds United have seen their pursuit of Manchester United winger Daniel James come to an end after the Red Devils rejected the Whites’ final attempt to agree a deal over the weekend.
Marcleo Bielsa’s side had offered to take the Wales international on loan or were prepared to launch a significant bid to sign James on a permanent deal, but both of those offers were turned down by Manchester United who are now set to keep hold of the 22-year-old, as per BBC Sport’s transfer deadline day live page (9:21 am).
James has been a long-term target for Bielsa, who tried to sign him for Leeds back in January 2019 while he was playing for Swansea City in the Championship, but that move fell through and the winger eventually made the move to Old Trafford the following summer.
The Whites have been on the lookout for extra attacking reinforcements ahead of the transfer window closing, and James has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford so far this campaign having made just one appearance in their opening three Premier League matches.
However, United will still need to have cover in the attacking positions and the Welshman showed last season that he can be a threat in the last third with his pace. The 22-year-old registered three goals and six assists in 31 Premier League games in his debut campaign for the Red Devils, as per Sofascore.
Leeds not being able to sign James will not come as a surprise to them and you get the feeling the 22-year-old would have been an unexpected bonus arrival, rather than one they were really basing their transfer business around. Bielsa’s admiration of the winger is well documented and Leeds could possibly go back in for him again in January or next summer – perhaps the Red Devils will have signed Jadon Sancho by then and be willing to let James leave.
James would have added some raw pace to their front line and the ability to carry the ball forwards, with the winger having averaged a 44% success rate on his dribbling last term and created six big chances (via Sofascore). So it is a shame we will not get to see him in a Leeds shirt this term, but Bielsa certainly has plenty of attacking flair at his disposal if the opening few games of the campaign are anything to go by.
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