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Dan James: Man Utd sign Swansea assist & counter-attacking machine

By CJ Smith

Published: 15:29, 7 June 2019

Manchester United have agreed terms, ‘in principle’, with Swansea City to sign winger Daniel James.

The Wales international has looked set to swap south Wales for Old Trafford for some time now, with a fee reportedly in the region of £18m thought to be enough to secure his services.

Who is new Man Utd signing Dan James? Five key things to know…

  1. Man Utd have agreed terms, ‘in principle’, to sign Swansea winger Daniel James.
  2. James managed four goals and seven assists in the Championship last season.
  3. He also clocked a top speed of 36 km/hr, just one km/hr shy of Arjen Robben’s world record (37 km/hr).
  4. In the 18/19 season, James assisted (7) more Championship goals than any other Swansea City player.
  5. James is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first Man Utd signing.

And now, United have confirmed that they have come to an agreement with the Championship side via their official Twitter account.

Their tweet read: “We’re delighted to have agreed terms, in principle, with Swansea City for the transfer of Daniel James to MUFC.

“Further details will be revealed in due course.”

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James, 21, notched four goals and seven assists in 33 Championship appearances during his breakthrough season last term, helping the Swans to a 10th-place finish. He also clocked a top speed of 36 km/hr, just one km/hr shy of Arjen Robben’s world record (37 km/hr).

The lightning-fast winger also has two caps for Wales, scoring his first goal against Slovakia back in March.

Wales manager Ryan Giggs has been glowing in his praise of James recently, telling reporters: “You don’t need to speak to me to see the quality Dan has had, especially from the turn of the year.

“It has been well documented. The transfer breaking down with Leeds, the week after they (Swansea) played Leeds away and he played really well.

“From then really he has kicked on. For me, in the last game, he was fantastic.

“He is a talent and when you have speed like that as well as the temperament that he has, he could play anywhere.”

James is set to become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing as Manchester United manager. Given that he recorded the third-highest fast breaks per 90 minutes (0.25) in the Championship of any player last season, and that no club managed more fast breaks (18) in the Premier League than Man Utd following Solskjaer’s appointment, this could be a match made in heaven.