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Manchester City Prepared To Pay £10m For This Championship Wing Wizard: A Coup For The Future?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

According to a recent report by the Sun (28 April, page 59), via Manchester Evening News, Manchester City are ready to make a move to secure the services of Daniel James from Swansea City at the end of this campaign. The same source has also mentioned that the Citizens are prepared to pay £10m to land him during the summer transfer window.

The Remarkable Growth Of Daniel James

The Welsh wing wizard, who has been likened to Kylian Mbappe due to his blistering pace, has enjoyed an excellent breakthrough campaign at the Liberty Stadium after putting in some match-winning performances for the Swans during this season.

James joined Swansea City as a young player from Hull City Tigers back in 2014. Since then, he has worked his way up the Welsh outfit’s youth ranks before finally establishing himself in their first-team this season.

The 21-year-old has featured in 36 matches for Graham Potter’s side this term, scoring five goals while grabbing nine assists across all competitions. His incredible form for Swansea has seen him earn two international caps and one goal for Ryan Giggs’ Welsh senior team. James has the potential to play an integral role for his nation in the coming years.

What Are The Welsh Wonderkid’s Strengths?

As mentioned earlier, James has a brilliant turn of speed which helps him dribble with the ball out in the wide positions. The Welsh wonderkid has also added goals and assists to his game this season which is always a positive sign for a young player of his potential.

There is no doubt that the acquisition of James will improve Pep Guardiola’s attacking options in the future. However, for now, he is nowhere near ready to feature for Man City’s first-team especially with world-beaters such as Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva playing in Guardiola’s starting XI at the moment.

Is James A Prospect For The Future?

Hence, maybe staying at Swansea could aid James’ development in the long run. But as far as Man City are concerned, the Welsh winger’s addition could prove to be a massive coup for them and their long-term ambitions as a football club. The biggest loser from all this news seems to be Leeds United though.

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