Christian Eriksen reportedly considering Man United offer as Real Madrid loom

David Cooper - Writer 22:23 06/08/2019
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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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