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Manchester United are ready to sanction a loan deal that will see Daniel James join Leeds United – but only if they sign Jadon Sancho.
The Borussia Dortmund forward has been extensively linked with a move to Old Trafford, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer placing him at the top of his transfer wishlist.
Donny van de Beek is United’s only summer signing so far, arriving from Ajax in a transfer worth £40m.
But the pursuit of Sancho is becoming increasingly frustrating as Dortmund look set to play hardball, demanding more than £100million for his signature.
With less than a week remaining of the transfer window a deal for Sancho is looking unlikely, unless United bosses change their policy on his massive fee.
United are believed to be preparing a £90m bid for Sancho, paying £65m of that upfront.
If they do however, the Sun report that James will be allowed to leave for Leeds on a season-long loan.
James was destined to join Leeds back in January 2019, only for Swansea City to pull the plug on the transfer at the last minute.
Marcelo Bielsa remains a keen admirer of the 22-year-old as he looks to sign one more winger before the October 5 deadline.
He was left out of United’s squad for the win over Brighton adding further fuel to the speculation linking him with an exit.
James did start the opening day defeat to Crystal Palace and will only be allowed to leave the club should another forward sign.
Solskjaer hit back at criticism of their transfer activity, suggesting the negativity was ‘disrespectful to van de Beek.
"I think you show quite a bit of disrespect to Donny when you say he was the only one," Solskjaer said. "Because he is a top player and he strengthens our team and, of course, we have to concentrate on ourselves.
"Different clubs have to be allowed to do whatever they do and feel they can. We are working hard to have a competitive squad and team. If and when there are updates we will give you them."
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