Why 20 minutes of football is set to cost Man Utd £1m due to transfer clause

Manchester United will be forced to pay Swansea £1million if Daniel James plays more than 20 minutes in a game for the club.

The Wales international moved to Old Trafford from the Championship side in a £15m move last summer, and he impressed at times.

According to The Athletic , part of the transfer deal included an add-on clause that would see the Red Devils pay another £1m if James made 40 appearances for his new club.

However, one appearance would only count if the winger played for more than 20 minutes in one particular game.

James played 46 times for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in all competitions last season, but only 39 of those appearances were for a minimum of 20 minutes.

That means that the clause could come into effect in United’s first game of the Premier League season at home to Crystal Palace next weekend.

Swansea may have expected to receive the windfall before now, given James had made 37 qualifying appearances for United with five games of the Premier League season remaining.

But he hardly featured after Project Restart amid Mason Greenwood’s rise to prominence and the return of Marcus Rashford from injury.

Therefore, Swansea may have to wait a little while longer to get their money, at least until the Carabao Cup comes back into play.

James will likely start in United’s opener in the competition against either Reading or Luton on September 22, with Solskjaer opting to field a weakened side.

The Red Devils have the caveat of Champions League football once again next season so the manager will be keen to prioritise certain competitions.

James played in both Wales' UEFA Nations League victories over Finland and Bulgaria in the international break and will feel like he is getting up to match sharpness.

Wales boss Ryan Giggs recently spoke out about the 22-year-old’s first season at Old Trafford and his last of game time recently.

He said: “He's a player I know well. He had a really good start to his United career but he was not playing regularly towards the end of the season but sometimes in the long run that can help and improve you.

"DJ has always been great when he has come into camp."

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