Manchester United winger Daniel James is reportedly set to be rewarded with a pay rise in a bumper new contract – but could also loaned out next season.
The Sun claim that United’s interest in signing a star versatile forward this summer could pave the way for the Welshman’s temporary exit.
It is suggested that Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho has been identified as United’s number one transfer target as they look to complete one of the most feared front threes across Europe with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
And if a move for the 20-year-old superstar was secured this summer regardless of the transfer uncertainty, he would likely fill the right-wing role meaning James’ game time would suddenly be limited.
But we would be extremely surprised if United even considered letting their 22-year-old attacking outlet go given the role he has played under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his maiden season at Old Trafford.
James has made 37 appearances in all competitions this season, far more than would have been expected for a relatively unknown youngster from Championship side Swansea City.
He has offered a destructive counter-attacking outlet for Solskjaer who causes problems for defenders with his raw speed.
We understand that he is by no means the finished article and his tally of four goals prove he still has plenty of work to do on his end product.
But even if Solskjaer secures his top targets this summer, we still think James will play an important squad role next season.