Here we go again. The Paulo Dybala rumours got our hopes up, and then dashed. Now another name is doing the rounds.
The player in question is a familiar one, Christian Eriksen.
The Independent reported last Friday that United were switching attention away from Bruno Fernandes towards the Dane.
Now The Mail report Eriksen is hopeful of making a deadline day busting move to United.
Eriksen’s contract is set to expire in a year’s time. He hoped to land a big move to Real Madrid, but it hasn’t come off.
He believes he can earn a substantial pay rise moving to United. Eriksen turned 27 earlier this year.
The Mail claims United are actively working on a deal and suggest a £65 million offer could be made.
Tottenham reportedly fear European sides offering less than £50 million after the deadline.
£65 million isn’t bad for a player who knows English football inside out and has 50 assists in the last four Premier League seasons.
What about Levy?
We all remember how we offered more than Real Madrid for Gareth Bale and it was refused point blank.
But as Spurs found out, Bale was irreplaceable. Eriksen is not, Spurs are said to be looking at Bruno Fernandes instead.
For whatever reason, United have gone cold on Fernandes.
Spurs don’t need both, so a deal could be done. Don’t forget they begrudgingly sold Kyle Walker to City in similar circumstances.
Is he a good fit?
Eriksen is a big upgrade on Jesse Lingard. He scored eight goals and provided 12 assists last season in the Premier League.
He is potentially a more natural fit for United position-wise than Paulo Dybala was.
But there’s a concern about a lack of mobility which could hurt United’s counter attacking plans.
He might hamper the development of Angel Gomes, but its unclear how much of a role he is in line for this season at least.
Also, you have to ask questions why a starter in last season’s Champions League final wants to drop down to play Europa League football.
Is he looking to join United for the right reasons, and should we care?
Eriksen would be United’s only non-British signing this summer. He knows the league and would be an instant upgrade.
If he really wants a move to United for the right reasons, it would be a good deal.
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