Manchester United supporters have expressed their delight at reports claiming the club is close to signing Daniel James from Swansea City.
Sky Sports have claimed Man United are on the verge of striking a deal worth £15m for the 21-year-old winger, who has enjoyed an excellent campaign at the Liberty Stadium.
The move signals a marked departure from the club’s widely criticised tendency to sign marquee names who fail to fit within a particular profile or long-term plan.
Supporters have voiced their enthusiasim at seeing the club opt for a totally different kind of signing.
Man United reportedly close to signing Daniel James. Be interesting to see reaction from fans to this one: tired of expensive mercenaries and 'name' players. Want untapped, young potential. Which this is.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) May 10, 2019
Daniel James seems like exactly the sort of signing we should be after and as such I am choosing the believe there’s no substance to these links at all. Not going to catch me out with your eminently sensible rumours, journos!
— Nick (@ManUnitedYouth) May 10, 2019
Sign young hungry footballers with quality. Better than over the hill "superstars". In.
— Andy D (@andykiko) May 10, 2019
Always been the Utd way. Turn younger lads into stats, breeds longer term sustainable squads adding a couple each summer. Was nearly always the way under Fergie. Hadn't always worked but has more often than not.
— A (@Theredcatcher) May 10, 2019
Man Utd close to signing Daniel James for £15m.
Love that. Rapid, great potential, cheap. Very encouraging.
— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) May 10, 2019
Don’t know much about Daniel James but I’d rather we go for players like this then jumped up prima-donnas only in it for personal gain! Get these types of players in and make them into big names. Also… £15m.. hardly a risk and is better than what we have now already. 👍🏽 #MUFC
— 𝘋𝘪𝘱𝘴 (@dipsMUFC) May 10, 2019
This signing is sensible to the point where it is hard to believe. United does not make specialised acquisitions such as these. United signs Angel Di Maria for a manager who hates dribbling. United gives Ashley Young a one-year extension whilst letting Ander Herrera leave for free. United signs more noodle partners than centre-backs.
On this occasion, though, they’ve made a good call: a young, hungry, rapid wide player who, under the right conditions, could develop into an incisive source of vitality for United. The club – and Solksjaer especially – has clearly had a close look at this player, and like what they see. It could mark the beginning of a change in the tone of United’s transfer strategy.