According to the reports from the Guardian, Manchester United may look to press ahead with a £42m January move for Tottenham Hotspurs’ playmaker Christian Eriksen. It has been indicated that United might not look to wait until the summer to sign the Dane on a free transfer after his contract expires.
Eriksen has been one of the standout playmakers in the Premier League in the last few years. The 27-year-old played a significant role in helping Spurs emerge as one of the heavyweights of English football.
However, it cannot be ignored that his future has been in doldrums at the North London club for quite some time. The Denmark international has refused to sign a new contract, and he is now close to running out his deal as he is in his final year.
Why Solskjær needs someone like Eriksen?
United have had a shaky start to their Premier League campaign so far. They have particularly been lacklustre in front of goal. Solskjær’s men have found it hard to break down teams who sit back and defend in numbers. Injury to a playmaker like Paul Pogba hasn’t helped the team’s cause as well, and the club should be on the lookout to bolster its attacking options.
Why are United right in going after Eriksen in January?
Eriksen can indeed be brought in on a free transfer in the summer of 2020, but then United could find it hard to lure him as they are no more challenging for the big titles. Real Madrid have had a continued interest in him though it is being said that their interest have died down in recent times. However, it cannot be ignored that more clubs could join the race for him once he becomes a free agent.
Therefore United should look to spend £42m in January to get him from Tottenham. Eriksen is still 27, and he has a lot to offer as he can open up defences with his guile and creativity. He will also add goals from midfield as he got a decent shot on both his foot. His current form for Spurs might be a bit of a worry, but it is mostly down to his broken contract talks with the club.
United though have had a recent history of signing top players who have failed to come good at the club. Hopefully, from their point of view, Eriksen will provide the cutting edge they desperately need in the final third to bolster their attack.