This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
Manchester United are working on a deal to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen, per the London Evening Standard.
The Denmark international outlined his intention to take on a new challenge at the end of the 2018/19 season, opening the door to a potential transfer away from north London.
United are said to acknowledge the difficulty of signing Eriksen prior to the transfer deadline on Thursday but the Standard reports that the club have made their interest known to Spurs.
Indeed, the attacking midfielder is said to have been identified as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba, whose future remains up in the air.
The Standard claims that Spurs had previously valued the 27-year-old at £130m but United are hopeful of negotiating that fee down.
It is fine for Spurs to sell Eriksen this summer.
However, it is not palatable to strengthen a direct rival practically on the eve of the 2019/20 season.
Spurs finished five points clear of United last season; they have finished ahead of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men in three of the last four campaigns.
Selling them a player who would undoubtedly improve them – Eriksen provided more assists in the Premier League in 18/19 than any United player – would be madness, particularly at such a late stage of the transfer window with no guarantee of buying a replacement.
This is not a deal Spurs should be entertaining even for a second.