Gary Pallister has concerns over potential move for Christian Eriksen to Manchester United, but he still believes it’s a “no brainer” for new Old Trafford boss Erik ten Hag.
Eriksen is in the process of deciding his next move after seeing his short-term deal at Brentford expire. The 30-year-old showed last season he still has plenty to offer in the Premier League after a 10-game spell which saw him score once and provide four assists.
The Bees are still pushing hard to land the midfielder. And Thomas Frank says the player is in the process of making a decision.
Manchester United have been joined by the likes of West Ham, Everton, Leicester and Ajax. But United’s hopes have been dashed, according to The Guardian.
The outlet claim that Eriksen has turned his back on a move north to Old Trafford.
That news, if correct, will come as a hammer blow to Ten Hag, who is looking to remodel his midfield with Eriksen and Frenkie de Jong.
United’s offer has been placed on the table with Eriksen’s representatives. And the Denmark star is now mulling over his options.
Former United centre-back Pallister believes the addition of Eriksen would be a smart move.
“I think that is a no brainer if they can get their hands on him,” Pallister told Metro.co.uk, via Bookies Bonuses.
“Hopefully his medical issues are all dealt with. We saw in his role for Brentford last season that he has still got amazing ability. And on a free transfer it’s a no brainer.”
Pallister, like Danny Murphy, did raise his concerns about fitting Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes in the same team.
In fact Murphy was more vocal and has labelled the move for Eriksen “strange”.
But the 56-year-old, who won four Premier League titles at Old Trafford, thinks Eriksen would be a more than useful squad player.
De Jong ‘would certainly tick a box’
“You wonder how it would work with Bruno Fernandes at the club but that’s for Erik ten Hag (to sort). But I don’t think you can ever have too many quality players in the side.
“It gives you options, helps with injuries if that becomes a problem and when you have someone with the class of Eriksen… I would like to see that deal done as well,” added Pallister.
The former Middlesbrough defender also believes the arrival of De Jong would be a great piece of business for Ten Hag.
“Barcelona know how desperate United are to bring in players,” Pallister said. “They are going to push to the nth degree to get whatever money they can. And that is the case whenever United come knocking.
“They are still seen as one of the richest clubs in the world. Hopefully they can get that deal done. De Jong is at the right age, has plenty of experience and is the type of player that can really express himself at a place like United.
“He is used to the pressure and the spotlight having been at Barcelona so he would certainly tick a box. Midfield has been an area of concern.”