Dan James is only the seventh player on whom Manchester United has made a profit in over a decade.
Dan James completed his move to Leeds in the final hours of the transfer window this summer.
Manchester United made three high-profile additions this summer to boost their title chances, but the sale of Dan James to Leeds also ended an unwelcome trend at Old Trafford. The Red Devils are one of the world’s wealthiest football clubs, and they have repeatedly displayed their might in the transfer market.
For the current season, more than £125 million was spent on Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Despite Ed Woodward’s claims that the coronavirus pandemic had limited cash at the club, this is United’s second most costly transfer window since the summer of 2017.
The Glazers, on the other hand, have consistently backed their managers in the transfer market, and there appears to be no thought given to whether they will be able to recoup their investment from the majority of their signings.
Ronaldo is United’s most high-profile – and lucrative – signing in the club’s history.
The Portuguese superstar was sold to Real Madrid for £84.6 million in 2009 after signing for £17.1 million in 2003.
United’s £67.5 million profit was by far the most in the club’s history, but they haven’t attempted to replicate that success in recent years.
Since selling Ronaldo 12 years ago, James’ departure to Leeds was only the fifth player on whom United made a profit in the transfer market.
When United paid £16 million to sign James from Swansea two years ago, he was expected to have a bright future, but Leeds were desperate to get their man this summer and paid £25 million.
Few United fans will recall Alexander Buttner, who was acquired for £3.9 million in 2012 as a left-back backup.
Two years later, he sold for a little profit and joined Dynamo Moscow in a £5.6 million deal.
Javier Hernandez, a fan favorite, was also purchased for for £6.5 million in 2010.
Despite his minutes and influence at United declining in his later years, Louis van Gaal traded Hernandez for around £9 million in 2015.
Daley Blind was another surprise signing that saw United profit handsomely on the £13.8 million they paid for him, with Ajax paying £18.1 million to bring him back in 2018.
Then there’s Chris Smalling, who joined United for £7 million in 2010 and quickly established himself as a regular. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”