Christian Eriksen appeared to rule out a move to Manchester United, with reports indicating the Denmark international is keen to stay in London. And it’s a boost for Tottenham, who are hoping to bring the 30-year-old back to the capital this summer. Eriksen is currently a free agent, having left Brentford after his short-term contract ended.
Manchester United know they need to overhaul their squad, with the midfield being an area that badly needs addressing.
Nemanja Matic is gone, with the Serbia international opting to reunite with Jose Mourinho at Serie A giants Roma.
And Paul Pogba has also left United, with the France international widely expected to seal a Hollywood return to Juventus.
In this case, the Red Devils have identified Eriksen as a target after registering four assists for Brentford in the Premier League last season.
However, now The Athletic say Eriksen would prefer to stay in London.
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Brentford haven’t given up hope of keeping Eriksen either, especially after they beat him last year.
Few expected the Denmark international to play football again after suffering cardiac arrest during last year’s European Championships, with Simon Kjaer playing a key role in saving his life.
Still, Brentford decided to give him a short-term contract and he enjoyed his brief spell at the Community Stadium under Thomas Frank.
What Eriksen ultimately decides to do is something only time will tell.
But, with the player tipped to stay in London, it looks like United are on the verge of missing out on another transfer target.
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They decided to pull out of the race to land Darwin Nunez, clearing the way for Liverpool to sign the Uruguay international instead.
And United are also facing a setback when it comes to Jurrien Timber, with reports claiming he is now set to stay at Ajax.
Meanwhile, talkSPORT pundit Gabriel Agbonlahor recently had his say on Eriksen’s future.
And he insisted the Dane could ‘do better’ than United, while also insisting his positive relationship with Conte could work in Tottenham’s favour.
“I think that he [Eriksen] has a relationship with Conte,” Agbonlahor said.
“He was his manager at Inter Milan, so it’s an option for him.
“But maybe he won’t want to go back to a club he’s been to before, the way he left too wasn’t great.
“I’m sure he has so many options.
“Talk about Manchester United, but, I don’t know, maybe he can do better than Manchester United.”
Apart from United, Spurs and Brentford, Leicester and Everton have also been linked with Eriksen since the start of the transfer window.