Dan James will be watching Manchester United’s transfer business with interest.

The Welshman is currently one of United’s only viable options on the right. But the Welshman could have one hell of an obstacle in his path if Jadon Sancho arrives.

As reported by BILD, United have bid for the England man and a move looks inevitable. So how will James react if, as expected, a deal goes through?

James is in action again this weekend, as Wales head into the last 16 of Euro 2020. And there is no better stage to excel.

While Sancho has barely got a kick this summer, United’s £15m man (BBC) has impressed in three starts. He has created plenty of chances, using his pace to great effect. But this is just the start of his journey.

Wales v Switzerland - UEFA Euro 2020: Group A
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If James can fire Wales into the latter stages of the competition, he will be sending a message to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The United boss is a big fan of James, using him 26 times in all competitions last season. Yet Sancho would limit those chances considerably.

The latter’s numbers mean this is a no-brainer. Yet James will not want to fall by the wayside without a fight.

 

There will be plenty of chances to impress on the training field once domestic action returns. Yet, for now, James’ best chance of impressing the United boss is for his country.

Sancho’s move looks imminent. But if James ups his game over the next fortnight, United could have two fine wingers chomping at the bit come August.

A challenge to impress

James managed just five goals and two assists last season. In contrast, Sancho bagged 16 goals and 20 assists. That is quite a difference and the England international would slot immediately into United’s starting XI.

But James has plenty of time to grow. And sometimes the best players have blossomed through the challenge of competition.

Luke Shaw is a man transformed since Alex Telles arrived at Old Trafford.

We can only wait and see what Sancho’s mooted arrival means for James and his United future.

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