Christian Eriksen has reportedly reached a verbal agreement to join Manchester United this summer. Since the season finished in May, the 30-year-old has been weighing up offers after a short-term deal with Brentford came to an end leaving him a free agent.
It has been reported by Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail that Eriksen has agreed a three-year deal at United, with is presumable a two-year contract with the option of a third to be added. This is positive news for United and Erik ten Hag who wanted the player to sign for the club.
Eriksen has made a remarkable comeback following his cardiac arrest on the pitch in Euro 2020, which was held last summer. The shocking scenes on the pitch that day were heartbreaking and his teammates combined to fight for him and luckily he recovered.
Eriksen will have to get through a rigorous medical with United before a deal has been completed, but Brentford would have done similar in January when they gave him a short-term contract to make his Premier League return.
Last season with Brentford, Eriksen made 11 appearances in the league, scoring one goal and four assists. He made ten full appearances, playing 38 minutes on his debut with the club on the 26 February in a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United.
Eriksen became a free agent on Friday but Brentford held talks with the 30-year-old last month and they had hoped to keep hold of the player this summer, but that no longer seems to be the case. United will now add a commendable midfielder to their squad, adding a lot of experience.
United initially tried to sign Eriksen when he left Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2019, but Inter Milan was his chosen route out of London. The midfielder made 305 appearances at Spurs, scoring 69 goals and 90 assists in his time there.
In Milan, a move that was short-lived, Eriksen made 60 appearances, scoring eight goals and three assists. Formerly of Ajax, the now 30-year-old made a total 163 appearances in Amsterdam, scoring 35 goals and 65 assists at the club as a first team player.
He will arrive at United under another new era led by Ten Hag, who previously managed at Ajax, but after Eriksen left the club. The new revolution at United could well be a good one with Tyrell Malacia close to completing his move and United still moving for Frenkie de Jong and Lisandro Martínez.
Written by John Walker