Manchester United Transfer Talk: Daniel James, David de Gea, Youri Tielemans


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The rebuild of Manchester United could definitely take some time, so get ready and dig your heels in for that. The upshot is that we’ll have a summer transfer window filled with many comings and goings.

And with Manchester United linked to approximately 97,324 players already, the time is right for some Red Devils transfer talk on this lovely Friday. We still haven’t seen United sign a single player this summer (meanwhile Real Madrid have two, while closing in on the third), but that could change within the next day or two.

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Yesterday, we posted about Swansea City winger Daniel James, who is understood to have undergone his medical with United on Thursday.

Goal reports today that a £15m, $19m deal for the speedy (or you could say pacey) young man who tore up the Championship division last year is now complete. Goal understands that “the 21-year-old has signed a five-year contract with the Old Trafford giants and has become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first addition since his arrival as manager in December 2018.”

Elsewhere, the long term future of goalkeeper David de Gea remains in question, and with only one year left on his current deal, he could walk next summer on a free.

If United sell him this summer, they could still get something out of his departure.

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With Gianluigi Buffon officially leaving Paris Saint-Germain, after just one season, PSG will be in the market for a new star player to put in between the sticks. According to ESPN, United are bracing themselves for a bid from PSG.

Finally, midfielder Youri Tielemans, a Monaco man currently on loan with Leicester City, spoke about his future, saying that the wheels are in motion about where he could end up. He is a target for both United and Spurs.

Speaking to the media ahead of Belgium’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Kazakhstan this weekend, he told a news conference (transcript Daily Mirror) the following:

“We’ll see which club it will be. The only thing I can say is that things are moving. A lot of clubs have shown interest and we’ll see in the next few weeks which club it will be.

“(Manchester United and Spurs) are really big teams in England and in Europe so yeah, it’s flattering to hear those names. For me, it’s good, it gives me confidence. I’ll just try to play my game on the pitch and to do my best.”


Leicester will want to keep him around, given the stellar showing he put in since moving over in January. Tielemans believes a return to Monaco is not going to happen.

“I was very well received in Leicester. Things went very fast, but they put me at ease right away. I felt very good on the pitch, I had good team-mates and good coaches,” he continued. “I am grateful to the club for giving me a taste of the Premier League.

“I was pleasantly surprised by the clubs that got in touch with my agent and my entourage. Given how things have been in recent weeks, I’m unlikely to go back to Monaco, and after that it will depend on negotiations. The loan in January was the best solution at that time. I want to be stable now, to be fixed.”

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