Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Swansea City winger Daniel James, on a five-year deal.
The two clubs had previously reached an agreement ‘in principle’ for the Welsh international, for a fee believed to be in the region of £18m.
James signs for Man Utd: Five key things to know…
- Man Utd have confirmed the signing of Daniel James from Swansea.
- James scored four goals and recorded seven assists in the Championship last season.
- The Welshman turned heads for his terrifying speed, reaching 36 km/hr – just one km/hr shy of Arjen Robben’s world record (37 km/hr).
- James becomes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing as Manchester United manager.
- His five-year deal also comes with an option to extend for a further year.
But now both teams have officially confirmed the move, with James set to link up with his new team-mates in July. And the 21-year-old has admitted he cannot wait to get started.
“This is one of the best days of my life and a challenge I am really looking forward to,” he told Man Utd’s official website.
“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.
“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.”
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United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also spoke highly of James, who becomes his first signing for the Red Devils.
“Daniel is an exciting young winger with lots of skills, vision, exceptional pace and a good work ethic,” he added.
“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.”
James is ready for Man Utd, says Allen
Despite some scepticism surrounding Manchester United looking towards the Championship to improve their squad, James’ international team-mate Joe Allen believes the 21-year-old is ready to make the step up.
“I can only give you my opinion, I think he is ready for it,” Allen said recently.
“He is a level-headed lad who has huge ability and I am sure he wants to show it at the highest level he can.
“I am confident he can do that.”