Manchester United are exploring the option of signing Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen before the transfer window slams shut on Thursday evening.
The Red Devils have been linked with moves for Paulo Dybala and Bruno Fernandes of late, but neither deal look’s likely as the deadline approaches.
Back in June, Eriksen had admitted that he was seeking a new challenge this summer, telling Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet: “I feel that I am at a stage of my career where I would like to try something new. I have the deepest respect for everything that is happening at Tottenham and it would not be something negative to stay. But I have also said that I would like to try something new.”
“I hope that something will be decided this summer. That is the plan. In football, you never know when there could be a decision like that. It could be at any point. The best thing is always for it to happen quickly, but in football things take time.”
Two months on, Eriksen is yet to earn his move but the Telegraph say that United are now seriously interested in the Spurs star with Real Madrid links also rife all summer. The report tells that Daniel Levy, chairman of the North London club, would allow Eriksen to complete a transfer due to fears of losing him for free next season, although a departure abroad would be preferred.
Levy had demanded £130m for Eriksen earlier this summer but given Madrid’s spending spree and their hunt for Paul Pogba, it was an unlikely fee for Los Blancos to match. Spurs themselves have two potential replacements lined up, Real Betis’ Giovani Lo Celso and rumoured United target, Sporting midfielder Fernandes. Gianluca Di Marzio has also reported that Tottenham have found an agreement with Juventus for Paulo Dybala, thought to be around £70m, and the transfer is awaiting the Argentine’s go-ahead.
Should Ed Woodward fail to secure a move for Eriksen, the Telegraph also report that ex-Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho has been lined-up as another possible option, with reports in Italy suggesting Arsenal have been offered the Brazilian on a season-long loan deal.
The transfer window is certainly hotting up with less than 72 hours left, with plenty of big-name moves still a possibility before Thursday evening.
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