The winger is reported to have left Ryan Giggs’ Wales squad to undergo a medical on Thursday before finalising a move worth an initial fee of £15m, with the deal rising to £18m in add-ons.
The deal has been widely reported since the end of the season and an agreement was said to have been reached on multiple occasions, but the passing of James’ father meant negotiations were put on hold to allow the 21-year-old time to grieve.
Back in January, James was set for a move to Marcelo Bielsa’s promotion-chasing Leeds United and all was thought to be agreed before Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins prevented any move from happening. The Welsh club then released a statement explaining the situation, revealing: “Swansea City can confirm Daniel James will not be joining Leeds United. James travelled to Elland Road today to discuss a loan move with a view to a permanent transfer on enhanced terms should the Championship leaders secure promotion to the Premier League. However, the clubs could not agree suitable terms and the 21-year-old will return to Swansea.”
Five months later, James will indeed feature in a Premier League side after all as Ed Woodward edges closer to completing United’s first signing in a summer thought to be extremely important for the club.
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