This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
According to Spanish publication AS, Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen is considering a proposal from Manchester United after being offered a five-year contract.
AS claim Real Madrid have kept in touch with the Denmark international over a possible move for the 27-year-old this summer. However, the report now suggests that following United’s contract offer, Eriksen is “convinced” about the Red Devils’ rebuild under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
It adds that the United boss has a close relationship with Denmark’s Norwegian coach Age Hareide and the pair have held discussions over Eriksen’s future. AS further indicate Spurs are set to demand in the region of £60m to let go of their prized midfielder in the current transfer window.
At £60m, United would be getting a Premier League-proven talent who has consistently delivered great numbers of goals and assists in his time in north London. The current state of the transfer market means finding value for money is going to become trickier and trickier, but Spurs’ reported valuation of Eriksen would be right up United’s street.
The Red Devils have been burned in their desire to sign Paulo Dybala this summer, whilst the Bruno Fernandes saga continues to rumble on. In Eriksen, the club could take advantage of a player who reportedly wants out of Spurs and simultaneously strengthen their own side and weaken one of their direct rivals, perhaps turning the tide in the race for the top four.
Having just spent a world-record fee for a defender on Harry Maguire, spending around £20m less than that to sign Eriksen surely sounds like a no-brainer. As Paul Pogba’s future remains uncertain, adding a player like Eriksen, who could quite comfortably fill the Frenchman’s void, would be shrewd business both in a financial and footballing sense.