Marcelo Bielsa would be forced to make a late transfer deadline day decision if Dan James went to Leeds.
Dan James is close to completing his transfer from Manchester United to Leeds United.
Dan James is poised to complete his move to Elland Road on deadline day, more than two years after his failed move from Swansea to Leeds, with Manchester United willing to sell on a permanent basis. However, Marcelo Bielsa will apparently have to make a decision on Helder Costa as a result of James’ arrival at Leeds this summer.
When James failed to join Leeds in January 2019, it was one of the most odd transfer tales in recent years.
With James in the building and holding up his new Leeds shirt, a deal appeared to be done in the dying hours of the transfer window.
Despite initial loan terms being agreed upon, Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins is said to have ignored Leeds’ repeated requests to complete the final paperwork.
The documentary ‘Take Us Home: Leeds United’ on Amazon Prime showed footage from behind the scenes of the attempted move.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rushed in to recruit the Wales international six months later, and James made an immediate impact at Old Trafford.
However, his playing time has decreased in recent months as the additions of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo have pushed him lower down the pecking order.
Leeds, who have had an interest in James since 2019, were informed by this over the weekend.
According to The Athletic, a deal has been reached in principle, with James scheduled to undergo a medical examination.
This summer, Bielsa has been anxious to add another winger to his team, and James answers that problem.
Costa, however, may be forced to depart Elland Road on deadline day due to James’ impending arrival.
After Raphinha joined Leeds last season, the 27-year-old fell down the pecking order.
Costa’s poor form may force Leeds to sell him in the dying hours of the summer transfer window.
Leeds have two draws against Everton and Burnley since losing 5-1 to United on the opening day of the season.
However, their first game back after the international break will be a difficult test against Liverpool at home.
After being named in Brazil’s roster, there was some concern that Raphinha might miss the encounter against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
However, he has been barred from traveling with Brazil as a result of the “Brinkwire Summary News.”