Even though Manchester United have been pretty clear with their intentions of keeping Paul Pogba at the club, they do have a contingency plan already established in the case of an emergency, London Evening Standard report.
The plan is to make an effort for Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen, who has hinted at his potential departure from the club in a recent talk with Danish publication Ekstrabladet. The Spurs midfielder is well-known to the world and his quality is not really under question. If Manchester United have a genuine chance of making this transfer a reality, they should definitely go for it.
Here are two main reasons why…
This is a pretty obvious and yet a pretty big argument in this discussion. If Pogba does end up leaving, that would undoubtedly create a massive hole in Manchester United’s squad. Arguably, it would be something extremely difficult to fill at this point and would require a like-for-like replacement in order for it to work. In comes Eriksen – a player who’s brilliant on the ball, a set-piece expert, extremely creative in his approach and also a big-name signing. Even last season, arguably his worst in a Tottenham shirt, produced eight goals and 12 assists in the Premier League.
Of course, no one can guarantee Eriksen would be a success at Old Trafford but if you lose such a big piece like Pogba, it’s safe to presume that you would have to replace him with an equally talented player. The question, however, remains: is Eriksen willing to join United instead of Real Madrid?
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When talking about such big-name signings, we are usually talking about huge figures that are, more often than not, the biggest problems in the deals going through in the first place. But there’s an exception here with Eriksen, and LES were quick to point it out: the 89-cap Danish playmaker is rapidly approaching the end of his contract, which should decrease Tottenham’s asking price and their overall bargaining power. His current estimated value is at £76.5m as per the Transfermarkt but he could well be landed for less than that.
Another argument which should be made in favour of this move is the “ego problem” the Red Devils’ locker room has been facing. Pogba and Jesse Lingard are as much social media influencers as they are footballers, and Wayne Rooney believes there’s not enough fear for the men in charge. Eriksen, on the other hand, is a much calmer personality and has never really stirred up much trouble for his manager, excepting the current contract situation. A change in that respect would actually suit the club rather well and is definitely one of the reasons why Manchester United should consider making the switch.