Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Christian Eriksen, The Athletic has reported. Eriksen will join on a free transfer after his short-term deal at Brentford expired at the end of June.

As far as summer deals go, this could turn out to be the best value signing of the whole summer.

Having lost Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata on free deals, it was important for United to start adding players in. As we know, United frequently over pay for targets.

This is a deal which will cumulatively make Manchester United’s summer spending look even better, in totality.

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‘The signing of the summer’

Frenkie de Jong is a major target for United. He could cost around £70 million. This sounds a lot, because it is. But then offset this looking through a lens of ‘United will sign De Jong and Christian Eriksen for £70 million’, and the spending looks a lot better.

United can afford the big fee for De Jong because Eriksen costs nothing, when in reality he is a player worth in excess of £25 million.

Last season Eriksen made a big impact on his return to the Premier League. A data comparison for his performances vs Paul Pogba’s works in favour of the Dane.

Eriksen created 32 chances vs Pogba’s 24, despite playing 17 fewer games. Only three United players created more across the entire season.

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Eriksen’s total of 65 progressive passes would rank him 10th in the United squad across the whole season, despite only playing 11 matches.

New United manager Erik ten Hag has had proven success getting the best out of established players, see Dusan Tadic and Daley Blind, in addition to working with younger talents. Eriksen is primed to potentially have the best spell of his career at Old Trafford.

For Brentford he showcased a versatility to his game, playing in a deeper role, and this won’t be a case of simply playing back-up to Bruno Fernandes; they will be able to feature alongside each other.

Eriksen is a likeable player who fans want to succeed, one who has proven his talent. His experience could be vital for United.

United have young players who can benefit from Eriksen’s guidance, and he will help set the tone for the style of play Erik ten Hag wants to implement. This will help them in the long-run.

There will be other impressive deals done by clubs across the summer. Hopefully some of United’s will end up looking very smart. But when it comes to value, and getting proven quality for no spend, Eriksen to United will be hard to better.

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