Manchester City ‘line up bid’ for Swansea winger Dan James after string of impressive performances
- Manchester City are interested in a move for Swansea winger Dan James
- He was close to a January switch to Leeds but it fell through on deadline day
- Pep Guardiola appears to be keen on a switch for the pacey and direct winger
Manchester City are interested in a summer move for Swansea and Wales winger Dan James after a string of impressive recent performances.
The 21-year-old was on the brink of a January move to promotion-chasing Leeds but the deal fell through in dramatic fashion.
Manchester City are interested in a summer move for Swansea and Wales winger Dan James
According to The Sun, City are preparing to make an offer for the pacey winger, who played and scored the winner in Wales’ 1-0 victory over Slovakia last weekend.
James has just three goals and six assists in 29 appearances this season but his electric speed and direct running make him a handful for defenders.
He will have one year left on his contract this summer and talks have stalled on a new deal, meaning Swansea could be forced to sell him in order to guarantee they are compensated.
James made his Swansea debut only 13 months ago as a substitute in an FA Cup replay against Notts County but has enjoyed a rapid rise.
Despite scoring in that game there was still a chance he might go out on loan to League Two Yeovil Town in the summer, only for manager Graham Potter to make the inspired decision to keep him around.
James played and scored the winner in Wales’ 1-0 victory over Slovakia last weekend
He has caught the eye of Premier League teams during Swansea’s run to the FA Cup quarters
He almost moved to Elland Road on January deadline day but Huw Jenkins, then Swansea chairman, pulled the plug when he saw terms that priced the player at a guaranteed £8.5m only.
James then covered 84 yards in 8.48 seconds to score a wonder goal against Brentford, prompting Potter to say: ‘You can see why on that performance the numbers are too low.’
Another stirring display in City’s dramatic comeback win at the Liberty Stadium earlier this month showed why the likes of Southampton and Bournemouth are among a host of Premier League clubs now tracking his progress.