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Daniel James completes Manchester United transfer on five-year deal

Welsh winger becomes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first signing

Daniel James has signed a five-year contract, with the option to extend for a further year
Image: Daniel James has signed a five-year contract, with the option to extend for a further year

Daniel James has completed his transfer to Manchester United from Swansea on a five-year contract with the option of a sixth, subject to international clearance.

United had agreed a deal in principle to sign the 21-year-old from Swansea last week, with the player having completed a medical and agreed personal terms.

Sky Sports News understands United will pay Swansea an initial fee of £15m, plus £3m in add-ons, for James - who becomes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first signing as the club's manager.

"Daniel is an exciting young winger with lots of skills, vision, exceptional pace and a good work ethic," United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the club's official website.

Manchester United unveil new signing Daniel James
Image: James becomes Manchester United's first signing of the summer

"He had a great season with Swansea City and has all the attributes needed to become a Manchester United player.

"We are delighted he has signed with our club and we are all looking forward to working with him. This is the perfect environment for Daniel to continue his development."

James is delighted to have sealed his move to Old Trafford but admitted the move is "tinged with sadness" after his father passed away last month.

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"This is one of the best days of my life and a challenge I am really looking forward to," he said.

Daniel James
Image: Daniel James has played four times for Wales

"The Premier League is the best league in the world and Manchester United is the perfect place for me to continue to develop as a player.

"This is an incredibly proud moment for me and my family, however, it is tinged with sadness that my father isn't able to share this experience with us.

"I am looking forward to working with Ole, meeting the team and getting started."

Swansea academy graduate James scored five goals in 38 appearances during a breakthrough 2018-19 season.

He made his Wales debut in the friendly defeat to Albania in November 2018 and has won four caps in total, scoring the winner in the 1-0 victory over Slovakia in their Euro 2020 Qualifier in March.

Fact file: Daniel James

  • Name: Daniel Owen James
  • Age: 21
  • Club: Swansea City
  • Position: Winger
  • Goals/Assists (18/19): 5/10
  • Country: Wales
  • Int. Caps/Goals: 2/1

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Will he go straight into Ole's XI?

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