With Manchester United’s transfer exit, Daniel James has joined an exclusive group that includes David Beckham.
On the day before the transfer deadline, Manchester United sold Daniel James to Leeds United.
Manchester United’s transfer deadline day was dominated by news of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return, but the club also made an odd big-money sale. Daniel James joined an illustrious group of players when he left the club for Leeds United in a £25 million deal.
After two years at Old Trafford, James left the club on deadline day.
Following Ronaldo’s comeback, the Welsh winger struggled to establish himself as a first-team regular at United and dropped further down the pecking order.
As a result, United decided to sell him on deadline day, with James joining Leeds for £25 million two years after his move to Elland Road was thwarted by the January 2019 deadline.
Marcelo Bielsa is claimed to have personally lobbied for the forward’s signing, and the club’s ambition to sign him was matched by the club, which paid only £1 million shy of a club record transfer cost.
The fee was particularly noteworthy for United, as it was the company’s third-largest sale ever.
United is notorious for spending a lot of money on players like Paul Pogba, Harry Maguire, and Angel Di Maria.
When it comes to selling players, though, the Red Devils rarely do so for large sums of money.
Only Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku, and Angel Di Maria have left the club for more money than James.
Ronaldo famously moved to Real Madrid for a then-world-record sum of £80 million in 2009.
Lukaku left for £68 million in 2019, just two years after joining the club for £75 million from Everton.
United also lost money on Di Maria, who they sold to Paris Saint-Germain for £44 million after paying £59 million for him a year ago.
United, on the other hand, will have earned a profit on James, having paid only £15 million for him in 2019.
After completing his transfer to Yorkshire, James acknowledged that he felt compelled to do so in order to advance his profession.
“It was the best move I could have made for myself and my football career,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong, I had an incredible time [at United], I made fantastic friends, the staff and fans were amazing to me, but it’s time for me to move on professionally and personally, so I’m looking forward to it.
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