Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly going to snub Christian Eriksen this summer with manager Antonio Conte happy with his midfield after the acquisition of Yves Bissouma from Brighton and Hove Albion according to The Sun. Eriksen is still said to be making his decision regarding his future.
The 30-year-old Danish international spent seven season at Spurs from 2013 until 2020 when he left for Inter Milan. He spent six months at Brentford last season after being released by the Italian club following his heart problem which saw him collapse at Euro 2020 last summer.
Eriksen has been linked with Manchester United this summer, being a free agent from the 1 July 2022 but Brentford are still in the mix to re-sign him ahead of the new Premier League season. It has been reported that Erik ten Hag would like to add the former Ajax player to his new United squad.
It was reported in The Guardian on Monday that Eriksen had rejected United, seemingly wanting to stay in London with Brentford or Spurs, but if that report and the one from The Sun is true, it would seem that Eriksen will re-sign with Brentford.
Eriksen would be a class signing, even despite his age. It has been stated that United contacted the player’s agent last weekend, putting their interest into the hat of the player for him to make a decision – which could be coming in the next week or so.
During his six-month stint with Brentford last season, Eriksen made 11 appearances in the Premier League, scoring one goal and four assists – playing 938 minutes – completing 90 minutes ten times. Eriksen’s age and experience would be good for United, considering the age of the squad.
Last season, United lost Lee Grant, Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matić who were all over the age of 30. United are left with Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, Tom Heaton, 36, David De Gea, 31 and Phil Jones, 30 – who might be moved on to pastures new this summer.
Having a player like Eriksen, who is experienced and has come back from a serious medical condition to play in top-flight football again would be great for United. The 30-year-old predominantly played in an advanced midfield position, in a three-man midfield.
He could play in a three-man midfield at United with Ten Hag seemingly looking to field United in a 4-3-3 formation, but could find himself in the pivot in a 4-2-3-1 formation. He could also offer competition to Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek in the attacking midfield position.
Written by John Walker