Manchester United are pushing to sign Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen before Thursday’s transfer deadline, claim ESPN.
AS claimed last night that Tottenham had more than halved their asking price for the 27-year-old. Foreign clubs will have to pay £50m to sign him, with Real Madrid considering him as an alternative to Paul Pogba, whereas Premier League rivals will be asked for the slightly greater sum of £60m.
That figure has caught the attention of Manchester United, with the Daily Mail claiming United had been asked to be kept informed on the Denmark man’s situation and now ESPN report that United are pursuing a deal for Eriksen with 48 hours to go of the window.
United have reportedly offered him a five-year contract on a salary similar to Paul Pogba’s – a proposal he is giving genuine thought to despite their lack of Champions League football next season. Eriksen has been convinced that he would be a central part of the project at Old Trafford under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Solskjaer is keen to add to his midfield after losing Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera and Eriksen is on his list of targets.
Spurs have so far failed to convince the Denmark playmaker – who has entered the final 12 months of his deal – to pen a new contract, despite reportedly tabling a new deal which would see him double his pay to £160,000-a-week.
Eriksen, 27, publicly stated his desire to leave not long after the Champions League final and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will be reluctant to let a prize asset walk away for free next summer. Tottenham are in understood to be in talks over deals for Bruno Fernandes, who is also a target for United, and Giovani Lo Celso as they look for a ready-made replacement.