Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Daniel James after opting not to register a formal interest in Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser.
The Scotland international enjoyed his most productive Premier League season to date on the south coast, scoring seven goals and registering 14 assists.
Fraser has little over a year remaining on his current contract and is unlikely to sign an extension. Unai Emery is keen on the 25-year-old and has prioritised the signing of goalscoring wide player having passed on the option to sign Denis Suarez on a permanent basis.
According to the Evening Standard, United have also been monitoring Fraser’s situation, but have prioritised the signing of James believing he would represent a cheaper option given his lack of Premier League experience.
While Fraser is valued at around £25million by Bournemouth, United are confident they can get a deal done for the Wales international for an initial fee of £15m.
Solskjaer, who is ready to make wholesale changes to a squad which failed to secure Champions League qualification following a dismal run of form which culminated in a 2-0 defeat to relegated Cardiff at Old Trafford on Sunday, is confident James, 21, possesses the potential, mentality and versatility he believes will be required to thrive in his new-look side.
The Norwegian had identified Jadon Sancho as his primary target but with Christian Pulisic already heading to Chelsea this summer, but Bundesliga club do not need to sell their prize asset.
United’s failure, meanwhile, to qualify for Europe’s elite club competition represents a further complication to any hopes of landing Sancho this summer and will instead concentrate on recruiting new full-backs as a priority.
Antonio Valencia played his final game for the club after 10 years of service at the weekend and Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been earmarked as the Ecuadorian’s long-term replacement.
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