According to reports in yesterday’s newspapers, James attended United’s Carrington training ground in order to undergo medical tests ahead of completing his transfer to United. He would be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing.
He is reportedly going to cost £17 million, though some papers claim this fee will increase to £22 million with add-ons, after late interest from Monaco prevented Ed Woodward from driving the price down. I am sure it astonishes us all that Woodward has so far not forced the transfer into a ditch to die by the side of the road.
James is due to return to international duty with Wales at the weekend, so any transfer will have to be wrapped up quickly in order to prevent it from being further delayed.
According to the Daily Mail, James will enjoy a large increase in his salary. He is currently on £4,000 a week at Swansea, but as you would expect from joining a once great but still financially huge club, he has negotiated a large raise. He will be on £67,000 a week, meaning he will soon be cosseted from most of the usual pressures of human existence.
United decided to sign James after they worked out that they would have to spend around £100 million to get Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, further complicated by the fact that Sancho is not stupid enough to sign for United while they are in their current crisis.