Daniel James has impressed Manchester United’s managerial team so much that he is in line to sign a new contract.
The 22-year-old Welsh international is set to increase his wages from £35,000 a week to around £50,000 a week, after a string of impressive performances.
James moved from Swansea City for £15 million in the summer, and has made 36 appearances so far this season despite his relative inexperience in top-flight football, and his young age.
He has contributed seven assists this season for United, and these performances have triggered a gentleman’s agreement between player and club that he would be handed better terms if he became a fixture in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.
Despite the proposed new deal for James, there are plans for United to strengthen the right wing. Both Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish are targets for the club’s transfer committee, and would presumably earn starts ahead of the Welsh international. James Maddison is also a target but would play through the middle.
As well as stories of a new contract for James, there are also reports that French midfielder Paul Pogba could be in line for an extension of his own. With little interest forthcoming from Juventus and Real Madrid, the 26-year-old wantaway may no longer want away.
Reportedly Pogba has been impressed with Bruno Fernandes’ performances with United since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon, and having seen his side move up the table to be in contention for Champions League football next season, is prepared to sign an extension to a deal that expires in two years’ time. He would potentially be looking at an increase in his salary from his current deal, around £300,000 a week, to £400,000 a week.
Why Manchester United would want to keep him is another matter, but Ed Woodward is in charge.