Christian Eriksen reportedly considering Man United offer as Real Madrid loom

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Christian Eriksen

Manchester United have emerged as serious contenders for Christian Eriksen’s signature with multiple reports in the English press suggesting the Tottenham playmaker is considering the switch.

Both The Telegraph and The Independent revealed United’s interest in the 27-year-old on Tuesday with United keen to secure a move before the Premier League’s transfer window closes on Thursday.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is said to be reluctant to sell Eriksen to a direct rival with an overseas buyer his preferred destination for the midfielder.

According to Spanish daily AS, both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are keeping tabs on Eriksen’s situation.

While it is no secret that Zinedine Zidane is desperate to bring Manchester United man Paul Pogba to the Spanish capital, speculation surrounding a move for last season’s Ajax breakout Donny van de Beek has intensified in recent days.

However, AS say Madrid have kept in contact with Eriksen’s representatives in case a deal for Pogba – which is looking increasingly unlikely – falls through.

Spurs risk losing Eriksen, who has scored 49 times in 206 Premier League appearances, on a free next summer with his contract running down.

Tottenham – who are looking to secure Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso as a potential replacement – face a decision on whether to accept a higher transfer fee from United, or sell him to a club outside of England.

Sides outside the Premier League are expected to lodge bids under the £50m mark, while United were apparently quoted £130m earlier this year, though the dynamic has changed drastically since then.

It is understood that Real remains Eriksen’s clear No1 choice, though, The Independent report that he is ‘seriously’ considering the offer from Manchester.

Another player with an uncertain future is United striker Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian was pictured training with Anderlecht’s youth team on a day off on Monday.

He is expected to leave Old Trafford with Juventus keen on a move, although that switch has been complicated after Paulo Dybala shunned being used in a potential swap-deal.

Serie A rivals Inter Milan have had bids rejected for Lukaku and are still interested, but it remains to be seen as to whether they can afford the £75 million-plus United are looking for.

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Video: Harry Maguire “really proud” to have joined Manchester United

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New Manchester United defender Harry Maguire described himself as “really proud” to have joined the Red Devils in his first interview after his £80million arrival from Leicester City was confirmed.

United announced on Monday they had completed the signing of the England defender from the Foxes on a six-year contract, for a fee that is a world record for a defender.

The fee surpassed the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil Van Dijk in January 2018.

“A really proud moment for myself to join such a big club,” Maguire told United’s in-house MUTV channel.


“You always dream about walking out at Wembley Stadium and Old Trafford…they are the two big stadiums when you are a young kid.








“First and foremost, I see myself as a good defender. That’s my main thing…I am in the team to stop goals and keep clean sheets. I am really proud to be here. It’s such a big club and I am really looking forward to getting started.”


Maguire could make his debut in Manchester United’s Premier League season opener against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.


The 26-year-old was strongly linked with both Manchester clubs over the summer but Leicester held out for their valuation to be met.


He becomes United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s third summer signing, after right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka arrived from Crystal Palace and winger Daniel James joined from Swansea.


“It’s an amazing club,” he added.


“A club that I’ve always watched and I’ve always looked up to when I was younger and now I am part of it. The atmosphere and the stadium itself is just so unique and is something so special.


“Experience is a big thing. You play a lot of games as a young boy and you learn like I did in League One and moved up to the Championship and went through the leagues. I felt like that really helped me.”



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Virgil van Dijk warns Man United record signing Harry Maguire about pressure of big transfer

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Liverpool defender and second most expensive central defender in the world Virgil van Dijk had words of advice for Manchester United’s record-breaking signing Harry Maguire.

The former Leicester City man was signed by United for £80 million on Monday, thus putting an end to a lengthy transfer saga.

Van Dijk was quick to warn Maguire that the high price tag comes with immense pressure. The Dutchman also advised the Englishman to play his game without paying much heed to the buzz around his transfer.

“Good luck to him,” the Liverpool defender told reporters.

“I can’t say anything about that (breaking the record) because there was always going to be a time when it was going to change. That’s the market. He doesn’t have any influence on that but I wish him well.

“The price comes with pressure but it doesn’t change too much because you always have pressure at big clubs like Man United. But I wish him well.

“It is not easy to completely shut off all the pressure. Personally, I like to put things in perspective.

“Quite a lot of things are more important than playing football and what we do, we are blessed.

“We can do what we love to do and also to play for Liverpool – they are such a big club. You need to enjoy it but the pressure will always be there.

“Just focus on doing what you love to do and play your best game. Get your qualities out of the pitch, enjoy your game and don’t think about the other things.”

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