Christian Eriksen has narrowed his decision down to two of Man Utd, Tottenham and Brentford, and the reasons behind his thinking have surfaced.
The Dane was a revelation upon signing for the Bees on a six-month contract in January. Eriksen quickly reminded Premier League audiences what he was capable of, pulling the strings in Thomas Frank’s midfield to thrust Brentford clear of the drop zone.
However, his short-term deal did not include an option on Brentford’s end. As such, the 30-year-old is free to find a new club this summer if he so desires.
Contrastingly, Sky Sports report Man Utd have offered the most lucrative terms, while Brentford can offer the greatest guarantee of playing time.
However, per Sky, a move to Tottenham is now off the table.
That stems from Eriksen only being capable of playing in a central role and Spurs have already signed Yves Bissouma this window.
The ex-Brighton ace has been added to an engine room that already contains Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur. To ensure a lack of game-time doesn’t disrupt his Denmark chances at the World Cup, a return to north London is now deemed unlikely.
Factors working against Man Utd
Instead, Eriksen will reportedly choose between United and Brentford. Both have tabled offers, though United’s is reportedly the more financially lucrative.
However, working against Erik ten Hag’s side are two significant factors.
Firstly, Eriksen is hesitant to relocate away from the south east where he is settled. Furthermore, his playing time concerns would be heightened by the more star-studded squad at Old Trafford.
The strong Danish connections at Brentford through Frank and several international teammates put the Bees in a formidable position. However, it is unlikely they will ever qualify for Europe during Eriksen’s time at the club.
Regarding when a decision will come, Sky conclude the two remaining suitors are waiting for his return from holiday before finding out where they stand.
Both Eriksen and his agent have given little away thus far. Though the race does at least now appear to be down from three to two contenders.
Who should Eriksen choose?
If indeed it is between United and Brentford, then the Dane will ultimately find it difficult to turn down the Red Devils.
While Sky acknowledged Eriksen is financially secure, United’s offer is more lucrative and a footballer’s career is short.
Additionally, Eriksen will surely have the belief in his own abilities to puncture United’s starting eleven on a regular basis.
If Ten Hag operates with two-man midfield at the base, Eriksen would compete with Frenkie de Jong if signed. The pair could be deployed together against weaker opposition. Though they would lack the legs and defensive nous against the top sides.
Furthermore, he could compete with Bruno Fernandes for the playmaking role behind Cristiano Ronaldo. The lure of European football also cannot be ignored, even though United only qualified for the Europa League.