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Manchester United want 'the new Laudrup' - Report

Manchester United have been once again linked with Christian Eriksen, but is a move really likely?

The Daily Express has linked Manchester United, not for the first time, with a move for Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen.

The starlet turns 21 next month, and is expected to leave his club in the summer, but not before.

The Express report claims that Sir Alex Ferguson is tracking the Dane, who has been dubbed 'The New Michael Laudrup' after the now Swansea manager who is revered as arguably his country's greatest ever player.

It adds that Eriksen is being lined up as a successor to Paul Scholes, because of his 'finesse and quality'.

As we have mentioned, don't expect a move to happen this transfer window however; United have admitted they aren't in the market for anybody this month, and if they make an exception for Wilfried Zaha, they will likely send him back to Crystal Palace.

Eriksen already has his eye on a dream exit this summer - The Europa League final is being hosted at the Amsterdam Arena, and the player has already described the prospect of it being a perfect way to say goodbye if Ajax can progress to the final and win it, even though such an eventuality is tricky to predict at this stage.

There is likely to be competition for his signature too - From across Europe, with Serie A's top clubs monitoring his progress, but perhaps the greatest threat comes from Premier League rival and Sunday's opponents, Tottenham Hotspur.

Former teammate Jan Vertonghen has already spoken of his desire to see Eriksen join him at The Lane, and his central attacking threat would complement the wing wizardry of Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon perfectly.

Eriksen has said he wants to be sure he is up to the task before making a switch, but has said he wants to test himself at a higher level, essentially meaning he will wait until the summer.

There is little in the Express' report to suggest a move is imminent, but to believe United's interest is not too big a leap of faith to take.

He is exactly the sort of 'Scholes replacement' United should be after, he is young and talented, hungry to achieve, and would command less than half the wages of an older Wesley Sneijder who it could be argued is past his prime, rather than coming into it.

It should certainly encouraging for United fans that the club haven't lost track of this exciting talent, and don't seem prepared to let him go to a Premier League rival without a fight.

Watch him in action below...

Would Eriksen be a good signing for United this summer? Who would you prefer instead?

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