Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer personally spoke with transfer target Christian Eriksen about a proposed move to Old Trafford, but the Danish playmaker reportedly had his sights set on a more lucrative move overseas to Real Madrid, a report claims.
Eriksen’s future at White Hart Lane had been one of the major talking points over the course of the English summer transfer window, with super-clubs Manchester United and Real Madrid repeatedly touted as potential landing spots after Eriksen made clear his desire to seek a new challenge elsewhere.
Deadline day came and went with no move on the Eriksen front, however, but a recent report by the Manchester Evening News has shed light on the midfielder’s view on his proposed move to the Red Devils.
The report claims that Solskjaer’s conversation with Eriksen was intended to gauge his level of interest and commitment at joining Utd, but ‘despite the Dane’s admiration for United,’ it was apparent that his ‘preference was to move to Spain.’
Solksjaer’s approach to this summer’s transfer deadlins has been to buy young and hungry stars on the rise with a point to prove – an ethos that would have gone against the potential signing of Eriksen.
The report also goes on to claim that Utd were uneasy about the prospect of signing the midfielder amid concerns that Real Madrid were pulling the strings in order to increase their chances of signing France international Paul Pogba.
Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane made fellow countryman Pogba his number one target this summer, but Solskjaer and Ed Woodward have remained resolute in their efforts to retain the services of the Frenchman thus far.