United might return for Eriksen in January
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could try his luck again in January if Christian Eriksen is still a Tottenham player after the continental transfer window closes.
The Manchester United manager is understood to have spoken to the stylish Denmark international midfielder about a possible £60m switch to Old Trafford.
Eriksen, however, had his heart set all summer on a move to Real Madrid, who are certainly leaving it late if they are to successfully procure him before Monday’s La Liga deadline.
Reports in Spain have hinted the Bernabeu giants are prepared to wait until the 27-year-old’s contract elapses next year and pick him up on a free transfer.
And United insiders have stated the Red Devils are monitoring developments, should Madrid leave him ‘high and dry’ and Eriksen be prepared to reconsider his options.
Solskjaer is a big fan of his fellow Scandinavian and the uncertainty surrounding Eriksen’s future could also be a reason why he eventually failed to pursue a deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
White Hart Lane bosses would certainly be receptive to another United approach if Eriksen remains on their payroll and still refuses to commit himself to a new deal.
The Dane already knows United are willing to put a financial package together which would be far in excess of the £200,000-per-week being touted by Real’s executives.
Eriksen should be entering the peak years of his career and would be an asset to either of the teams linked with his signature, and Spurs will not want to lose him for nothing next summer.
The former Ajax ace has scored 66 goals from 280 appearances in all competitions for the north Londoners and is one of the best dead-ball specialists in the sport.
With United opting for youth since the arrival of Solskjaer, bringing in a player who will turn 28 next February would certainly add experience to the ranks and provide the creativity in the middle of the park that the Red Devils have been missing.
Alexis Sanchez has now departed for Inter Milan until next summer after he failed to live up to expectations at Old Trafford but while his move from Arsenal was seen as a panic buy from Jose Mourinho, Eriksen would be more of a safe bet as he rarely lets his manager down.
But much will depend on Real as there is no question that Los Blancos’ pulling power is considerable and it may be that he is set on a move to Spain.
Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.