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Daniel James transfer to Leeds United to free up the No.7 jersey for Cristiano Ronaldo

Daniel James transfer to Leeds United to free up the No.7 jersey for Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United announced on Friday that they had reached an agreement for Cristiano Ronaldo to return to the club. This announcement instantly brought the future of several United players into question, including Wales winger Daniel James. The former Swansea City player will join Leeds United in a £24 million deal with add-ons. A deal that will open the door for Cristiano Ronaldo to don his famous no.7 jersey for his second spell at Old Trafford.

Daniel James has started two of United’s opening three Premier League games this season. Still, the arrival of Jadon Sancho and the impending arrival of Ronaldo would likely see the 23-year-old resorted to cup appearances. The welsh international almost joined Leeds back in 2019 & now appears set to join the club on a permanent deal. Personal terms have been agreed, with James set to undergo a medical tomorrow.

Since United announced the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, most talk has been about what jersey number he will wear. With striker Edison Cavani currently donning the famous no.7 shirt, which Ronaldo has worn for most of his career. However, it now seems Cavani will take over Daniel James’ squad number. With the Welshman’s imminent departure set to free up the no.21 jersey. Leaving the no.7 jersey free for Ronaldo when his return to the club is confirmed in the next 24 hours.

MOSCOW - MAY 21: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United heads the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Luzhniki Stadium on May 21, 2008 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images
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Cristiano completed a medical in Lisbon over the weekend with personal terms agreed on a two-year contract. With Manchester United giving Juventus £12.87 million-plus £6.86 million in add-ons for his services. The deal for James will re-coup the transfer cost of Ronaldo and then some.

Cristiano Ronaldo may be 36 years old, but his will to win is as strong as ever. Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 games during his first spell with United before moving to Real Madrid in 2009. Since then, he has won four Ballon D’Or’s and scored over 550 club goals. His arrival back at United is to provide the final spark. To a team right on the cusp of winning the biggest trophies in world football.