Nemanja Matic could be offered as bait to Tottenham, as Manchester United bid to land Christian Eriksen next month, according to a report.
Spurs midfielder Eriksen is out of contract next summer and was destined to leave under Mauricio Pochettino’s stewardship. New boss Jose Mourinho has met with the midfielder and had hoped to talk the Dane around, but it’s been widely reported he still wants to leave north London.
At today;s news conference, Mourinho said: “I’m not going to discuss these individual things. If I tell you that I didn’t speak with Mr (Daniel) Levy about Eriksen, Alderweireld and Vertonghen, I would be lying. So, yes I’m speaking with Mr Levy about it.”
The attacking midfielder has been left out of the starting line-up in Mourinho’s first three games with the Portuguese boss claiming he would pick his team with the future in mind.
The Telegraph claim Eriksen is still intent on running down his deal and Daniel Levy will try and sell him next month, rather than lose him for nothing in June.
Eriksen was linked with United in the summer and was understood to have turned a move down, but United will go after him again with The Athletic reporting a swap deal which includes Matic is a possibility.
Mourinho is a bid admirer of Matic and has signed the midfielder twice during his time at Chelsea and Manchester United.
The Serbia enforcer was a big part of Mourinho’s United side, but the 31-year-old has never really been in favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
He is currently struggling with injury, but he has made just four starts all season and with his contract expiring in 2020, this will likely be his final season at Old Trafford.
He will of course be able to negotiate with teams from abroad next month and Inter Milan and Juventus are understood to be interested in him.
Solskjaer though is intent on offering Matic to Mourinho at Spurs as he bids to get Eriksen on board to add some guile to a side which has netted only 21 goals in 14 Premier League games.