Leeds weighing up Man Utd transfer swoop that could depend on £108m Jadon Sancho deal

Leeds weighing up Man Utd transfer swoop that could depend on £108m Jadon Sancho deal

Leeds United will reportedly renew their interest in Daniel James, but only if Manchester United deem him to be surplus to requirements at Old Trafford. United boss Marcelo Bielsa tried to sign the Wales international last summer when he was plying his trade at Swansea City.

Leeds, however, were pipped to the winger’s signature by United – who paid £15million to sign the 22-year-old.

James’ future at Old Trafford is currently up in the air due to him failing to hold down a regular place in the starting XI.

And if United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gets his wish and signs Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, who the club have been chasing all summer long, the former Swansea man could find himself even further down the pecking order.

According to the Daily Star, Leeds will pay close attention to James’ situation at the Theatre of Dreams should Sancho arrive.

Leeds have been very busy in the transfer market this summer, signing a total of six players for a combined fee of £61million.

Bielsa is currently trying to make Udinese midfielder Rodrigo de Paul his seventh signing of a frantic summer.

And according to Italian journalist Stefano Pontoni, the 65-year-old will do “anything” in his power to land the Argentine.

“In my opinion, De Paul will eventually leave Udine,” Pontoni CalcioStyle. “Juve may be the right destination, [Andrea] Pirlo esteems him, [Igor] Tudor who trained him in Udine recommended him, [Paulo] Dybala as well.

“€30million (£27.5m) plus a counterpart and the deal can be done. Always pay attention to Leeds, with Bielsa who would do anything to get him.”

Leeds picked up their first win of the new season last Saturday, beating last season’s Championship play-off final winners Fulham 4-3 at Elland Road.

Bielsa was thrilled to have got three points on the board but is concerned by the alarming rate at which his side are shipping goals.

He said: “It was a game where we couldn’t really show ourselves. In the first half we defended better but we didn’t really create much danger.

“In the second half we attacked a bit better but we didn’t finish attacks very well. Finally we were able to impose our game a little bit.”

He added: “There’s no particular motive for us being so efficient at the moment. Normally we are a team who need a lot of chances to score goals, at the moment the opposite is happening. I don’t think there’s anything definitive behind this.

“We’ve only played two games. Nothing that happens can be called a tendency at the moment. We will have to wait a few more games before we can start making conclusions.”

Leeds will be back in action on Sunday afternoon, travelling to Bramall Lane to take on Sheffield United.

Published at Tue, 22 Sep 2020 02:27:11 +0000