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Manchester United Offer Contract To Serie A Winning Free Agent: The Ideal De Jong Alternative?

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Pratik Das
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In a recent report on The Athletic, reliable English journalist David Ornstein claimed that Manchester United are keen on signing free agent Christian Eriksen in the ongoing transfer window as Erik Ten Hag looks set to add to his attacking options ahead of the 2022/23 season.

The Red Devils have made a lucrative offer to sign the Dutchman on a free transfer once his contract with Brentford expires on the 30th of June. With that said, the Bees are also keen on extending Eriksen’s stay in west London. However, the playmaker is reportedly looking for a new challenge next campaign – playing European football (not necessarily Champions League) by making a move within the Premier League.

“I have different offers and options, which we are considering, and then we make a decision.” – the midfielder said in an interview with Viaplay.

“I would love to play Champions League football again. I know how much fun it is, but it isn’t essential for me.”

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Croatia’s midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (R) and Denmark’s midfielder Christian Eriksen (L) vie for the ball during the UEFA Nations League football match Denmark v Croatia in Copenhagen on June 10, 2022. – Denmark OUT (Photo by Liselotte Sabroe / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP) / Denmark OUT (Photo by LISELOTTE SABROE/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images) The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/)

Tottenham Hotspur are also monitoring the situation, with manager Antonio Conte particularly keen on reuniting with the former Inter playmaker. The pair won the 2019/20 Serie A title with the Nerazzurri, so he could be Conte’s third free signing after Fraser Forster and Ivan Perisic. Spurs should be able to attract the midfielder with the prospect of Champions League football.

Christian Eriksen made a remarkable return to football with Brentford last season after suffering a cardiac arrest at the Euro 2020. The playmaker’s phenomenal performances at the heart of the Bees’ midfield helped them secure an impressive 13th-place finish. He managed to score a goal and assist four more in eleven Premier League appearances while putting up some awe-inspiring numbers on the board – an average of 1.2 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 1.1 clearances, two shots, 2.7 key passes, three crosses, and 5.5 long balls per ninety minutes in the English top-flight.

The Ideal De Jong Alternative?

When on the pitch, the Danish international makes creating and converting chances a lot easier for his team. His versatility in playing across the entire midfield makes his movement extraordinarily unpredictable. Flipping over to the defensive side of his game, the 30-year-old midfielder can retain possession effortlessly and can drop deep to link up the play even under high-pressure situations. The reason why Manchester United should be after his signature is relatively straightforward – to add depth, quality, and creativity in the middle of the park.

(Stats from WhoScored)

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