Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has insisted that he would not be against selling midfielder Christian Eriksen to a Premier League rival if the circumstances were right.
Danish international Eriksen, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has been heavily linked with a move away from Spurs in recent months and admitted in the summer that he was considering a new challenge.
However, the 27-year-old is currently in talks with boss Jose Mourinho over signing a new deal in North London, with the Portuguese coach saying he wanted to keep the nature of the talks quiet.
According to the Evening Standard, United – who have been credited with interest in Eriksen in the past – remain keen and speaking to the newspaper, Levy opened up on the chances of him leaving.
In a simple statement when asked if he could sanction the sale of Eriksen to a Premier League rival, Levy said: “We are honestly not scared to trade with our rivals.”
Pressed on whether the midfielder could sign a new deal, he said: “My view is really simple. For a player to sign a new contract, not only have the conditions got to be right but the player has got to want to do it.
“It is up to those players whether they want to stay at Tottenham and we’ll see.I don’t want to comment on individual players too much. I actually think it is unfair.
“Every circumstance is different. There may be a player who wants to stay, there may be a player we don’t want to stay.”
Mourinho has been quiet about whether he will dip into his first transfer market as Spurs boss in January and Levy echoed the manager’s recent comments when asked about the club’s spending plans.
“Jose is on record as saying what we need now is to get the players playing better, which is what they are doing,” he said.
“He’s made it clear he is not looking for new players in January. He is happy with what he’s got and that’s why he said that.”
A report from The Chronicle claims that lots of Premier League teams are following the 22-year-old’s progress closely, but Spurs and the Magpies are the two who have the closest eye on him.
Hull reportedly have the option to extend Bowen’s contract – which is expiring in the summer – by an extra year.
However, the Tigers will demand a fee of around £20m for the player’s services if he is to be sold in the New Year.