Man Utd sold Dan James to Leeds in desperate bid to improve club relations ahead of bold Kalvin Phillips transfer swoop

MANCHESTER UNITED sold winger Dan James to improve relations with fierce rivals Leeds ahead of a transfer swoop for Kalvin Phillips next summer, reports claim.

James joined Leeds in the summer transfer window for £25million.

But according to the Daily Mail, Man Utd sanctioned the sale in order to improve relations with fierce rivals Leeds.

The Red Devils also want to strengthen their hand in negotiations when they make a move for England international Phillips.

A move for the 25-year-old won't happen until the end of the season, though.

Phillips is expected to sign a new deal at Leeds, but the report states inserting a release clause in the new contract could be beneficial for all three parties.

United would, however, face stiff competition for the dynamic midfielder's signature from Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola is searching for club captain Fernandinho's replacement next summer.


Both Manchester clubs are also keeping an eye on Phillips' England midfield partner Declan Rice.

But the Hammers have slapped a £100m price tag on the 22-year-old's head in order to put England's top clubs off.

And Rice – who captains the side whilst Noble mans the bench – insists he's enjoying his time at West Ham.

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