Daniel James is not expected to leave Manchester United this summer either on loan or a permanent deal.
The United winger has been heavily touted for a move to Leeds United – the club he almost joined in January 2019, before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer swooped in to seal a £15million deal a few months later in the summer.
MEN Sport understands Marcelo Bielsa remains a huge admirer of James, but sources close to the player do not expect a deal of any kind to happen this year. The 22-year-old remains part of Solskjaer’s plans for the upcoming season, despite United’s attempts to sign another winger in Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
United have made right-wing their priority in this transfer window, the position in which James played the majority of his football last season.
The Wales international initially hit the ground running following that move from Swansea City, scoring three goals in his first four games. His form then tailed off and he lost his spot to Mason Greenwood, though still ended the campaign with four goals and seven assists in 46 appearances in his debut season in the Premier League.
James signed a deal until 2024 at United. Reports suggesting he would be handed a fresh contract this summer are understood also to be wide of the mark, though Solskjaer still believes the former Hull academy product has a role to play at Old Trafford.
James was replaced at half-time in United’s 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace in their opening Premier League game after being recalled to Solskjaer’s starting 11 at the expense of Greenwood.