Manchester United are on red alert as Inter Milan look to offload Christian Eriksen in the upcoming January transfer window.
According to The Sun, Christian Eriksen could be on the verge of an Inter Milan exit following a difficult time at San Siro under Antonio Conte. And it appears Manchester United are ready to offer him a path back to the Premier League as part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plan to reinforce the creative department.
Inter Milan reportedly want £27 million for the services of Eriksen, who has been also courted by Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain, although the Serie A outfit have rejected their supposed swap deal proposals – giving Manchester United an excellent opportunity to bag the Danish playmaker.
The player himself will be keen on leaving San Siro as soon as possible following his poor treatment by Conte. The Italian mastermind has often frozen him out of the starting lineup, even when key first-team players were injured. In fact, the ex-Ajax starlet has seen just 220 minutes of league football action so far. His troubles, however, could be a potential gain for United.
It is believed that Solskjaer is keen on signing a new playmaker in the upcoming January transfer window due to the layer of uncertainty surrounding the future of Paul Pogba. The Frenchman has not only struggled with form and a lack of game-time but has also been linked with a move away from Old Trafford.
A move for Eriksen, therefore, is hardly surprising as the Inter Milan playmaker has a lot of pedigree of playing in English football. He made over 300 competitive appearances for Tottenham Hotspur, 226 of which were Premier League matches. His record of 51 goals and 66 assists isn’t bad either.
However, Manchester United’s potential acquisition of Eriksen in January could once again raise questions over the club’s treatment of summer signing Donny van de Beek. In fact, former United boss Louis van Gaal has recently questioned the Dutchman’s decision to join the club.
Signed from Ajax for a fee of £35 million, the youngster has seen his game-time getting limited at Old Trafford. He has largely been used as a second-fiddle to Bruno Fernandes and it won’t be unreasonable to fear a similar fate for Eriksen, although the Dane can play anywhere across the final third, including the wider attacking positions.
Unlike van de Beek, Eriksen is also a proven operator at the highest level of football and has an abundance of experience in the Premier League. So he might not necessarily be a poor investment for the Red Devils.