• Daniel James will stay at Man Utd even if Jadon Sancho is signed this summer
  • Solskjaer values the 22-year-old, who can play on either wing
  • Man Utd signed James last summer for $19 million

Jadon Sancho has been Manchester United’s top target ahead of the upcoming transfer market. Once the Englishman lands at Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to form his team around him.

While it was earlier reported that Man Utd would loan Daniel James for the 2020-21 season if Sancho ‘s deal goes through, according to a recent report in Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils have no intension of loaning off James this summer as Solskjaer regards James as an important member of the squad, especially because he can play on either wing.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players were booed off against Burnley
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players were booed off against Burnley AFP / Paul ELLIS

His fierce pace that will help Man Utd in counter-attacks against the top clubs is an added advantage for the midfielder.

The 22-year-old James is an academy product of two clubs – Hull City and Swansea and has made 10 appearances for Wales and has two international goals in his account so far. He made his first-team debut with Swansea in the 2018-19 season when the club was relegated to the Championship, one level below the Premier League.

James scored five goals that season in a total of 38 appearances for the club, across tournaments, before he moved to Man Utd last summer for a transfer fee of $19 million with a promise for potential additional payments, which would be based on his performance.

The MEN report has further stated that James could be on the verge of bagging a lucrative contract for his brilliant debut for the former Premier League champions. Before the season was halted in March, due to the coronavirus outbreak, James scored four goals in 37 appearances for Man Utd, including three crucial goals in the Premier League that came against Crystal Palace, Southampton, and Chelsea.

Although the club and the player’s representatives have had no talks about it, his case should be reviewed at the end of the 2019-20 season.