Manchester United Confirm Signing of Daniel James on 5-Year Deal

Daniel James

Daniel James

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has said that Daniel James' "exceptional pace and work ethic" was one of the reasons Manchester United wanted to sign the 21-year-old from Swansea City.

The 21-year-old Wales global, whose move is subject to worldwide clearance, is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first signing as United manager, with Swansea reportedly set to receive £15million up front and potentially another £3m in add-ons.

United's purple patch after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's arrival quickly petered out into a sixth-placed finish next season, which means they will miss Champions League football.

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Big money recruits aren't the club's priority however, with Solskjaer and transfer chief Ed Woodward looking to sign young, talented British players. "This is the ideal environment for Daniel to continue his development".

"This is one of the best days of my life and a challenge I am really looking forward to", he began. The Premier League is the best league in the world and Manchester United is the flawless place for me to continue to develop as a player.

"This is an incredibly proud moment for me and my family".

Leeds were hopeful of reviving the deal this summer only for United to pip them, as well as Everton and Newcastle, to the Wales worldwide.

James enjoyed a stellar 2018-19 season at the Liberty Stadium, contributing four goals and seven assists in the Championship.

He made his full debut for Wales under former United winger Ryan Giggs against Albania past year and scored his first worldwide goal in a 1-0 win over Slovakia in March.