Why United signing Christian Eriksen in summer would be an outright steal
Eriksen, 27, moved to North London in the summer of 2013 for £11m and is currently in his seventh season with Tottenham and has made 299 appearances for the side. And by that time, he has plundered 69 goals and provided 89 assists.
Under former manager Mauricio Pochettino, Eriksen grew to establish himself as one of the playmakers in Europe. The duo helped the club transform into a heavyweight team after spending most of the time in the mid-table.
The Dane was also clinical in Tottenham’s run to the finals of the Champions League last season. His creativity was highly-rated within the club and they kept hold of him.
He became a key member of Pochettino’s squad and played in almost every game since his arrival in England. But this season, everything seems to have changed after a poor start to the campaign. He has started in just 8 league games so far and the arrival of Jose Mourinho has made it difficult for him to get regular game time.
The 27-year-old was linked with a move away from the club on several occasions and he is still considered as a serious option by Real Madrid, according to Marca. His individual brilliance had put him under the radar for Los Blancos, who believe he is the right option to replace their talisman Luka Modric.
However, prior to the start of the new season, Eriksen had admitted that he is ready for a new challenge and any move would have to be a step up in career, according to the Guardian. This clearly indicates that he would not be renewing a new contract with his present employers.
With that in mind, United are aware that he is available on a free transfer within six months and that he can start negotiations with different teams in the coming month, according to the Telegraph.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been deprived of various options in the midfield with Paul Pogba’s long-term future at the club being uncertain.
Fred and Scott McTominay are the other two players growing in the midfield ranks but they are not experienced and the latter has suffered from injuries constantly.
In that case, the Danish international would be the right player to take centre-stage at the club and help with the proceedings. He is one of United’s targets to bolster the midfield – an area that Solskjaer believes needs strengthening.
Eriksen has played at a higher level for many years without any inconsistency or dip in his form. He has also worked wonders for his national side. He would be a better upgrade in the squad that lacks and experienced player to guide them on the field.
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With his contract expiring at the end of the season, the Red Devils hierarchy must pounce on him at the apt time and tie him down to the club for some years.
He is at the peak of his career and if he is given regular time to showcase his talent, Eriksen is capable of working wonders. Therefore, if United manage to lure him on a free transfer, it would be an absolute steal.