Football: Man Utd complete signing of Swansea and Wales winger Daniel James

Football: Man Utd complete signing of Swansea and Wales winger Daniel James

FILE PHOTO: Championship - Swansea City v Brentford
Daniel James of Swansea City celebrates scoring a goal. (Photo: Reuters)

LONDON: Manchester United have tied up the signing of Daniel James from Swansea, both clubs announced on Wednesday (Jun 21), with the 21-year-old Wales winger becoming manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first signing at Old Trafford.

James has signed a five-year contract, with the option to extend for a further year.

Reports said the initial fee was about £15 million (US$19 million).

The transfer comes less than a month after the death of James's father.

James said: "This is one of the best days of my life and a challenge I am really looking forward to. The Premier League is the best league in the world and Manchester United is the perfect place for me to continue to develop as a player.

"This is an incredibly proud moment for me and my family. However, it is tinged with sadness that my father isn't able to share this experience with us. 

"I am looking forward to working with Ole, meeting the team and getting started."

James, a graduate of the Swansea academy, scored five goals in 38 appearances during an impressive 2018-19 campaign with the Championship side.

The pacy winger will compete for a place in the first team against more established names, such as Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard. 

Solskjaer told United's website: "Daniel is an exciting young winger with lots of skills, vision, exceptional pace and a good work ethic. He had a great season with Swansea City and has all the attributes needed to become a Manchester United player.

"We are delighted he has signed with our club and we are all looking forward to working with him. This is the perfect environment for Daniel to continue his development."

Source: AFP/nh

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