Eriksen In Manchester United Link
Manchester United have stepped up their efforts to sign Tottenham Hotspur winger Christian Eriksen.
The Denmark international was the subject earlier this week of speculation surrounding his future with reports from Spain suggesting he was a United transfer target.
Eriksen is out of contract next summer but despite being linked with top La Liga sides Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid there have been no concrete offers from Spain.
Now, reports are linking Eriksen with interest from Old Trafford. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would prefer him to leave for an overseas side rather than strengthen one of his club’s rivals at the top end of the Premier League. But he runs the risk of losing the Dane for nothing when his contract expires at the end of the coming season.
However, Levy is resigned to losing Eriksen and is looking to sign either Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon or Giovani lo Celso from Real Betis.
The Spurs boss values Eriksen at around £130 million. But that valuation is likely to fall to below £50 million once the Premier League transfer window closes on Thursday.
The rumours about Eriksen have led to increased speculation over the future of Paul Pogba.
It is conceivable that Pogba could leave Old Trafford after the Premier League transfer closes if a replacement has been signed. Most European leagues close their transfer windows on 2 September.
Llorente For United?
Manchester United are also being linked with a move for the former Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente.
The Spaniard is currently without a club following the expiry of his contract with Spurs. At 34 he doesn’t look like a typical United signing. But he could fall within the club’s policy of only offering one-year deals to players over the age of 30.
United have been linked with another senior striker in the form of Juventus front-man Mario Mandzukic. Reports claimed the Croatia international was offered a three-year deal and would cost around £15 million.