Should Manchester United be looking at Eriksen?

Christian Eriksen playing for Denmark at Euro 2012

Manchester United manager David Moyes has confirmed the club hopes to sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona this summer and that negotiations over the former Arsenal captain are ‘on-going’.

However, the Catalans’ have repeatedly insisted the Spanish midfielder is not for sale and will remain at the Camp Nou next season, as United have reportedly identified the likes of Yohan Cabaye and Luka Modric as potential alternatives to the 26-year-old playmaker.

Fabregas, Cabaye of Newcastle and Modric of Real Madrid (formerly of Tottenham) all have Premier League experience but perhaps Moyes could be tempted to look elsewhere for a creative midfield playmaker.

Liverpool have been linked for a number of months with Ajax starlet Christian Eriksen who, despite his mere 21 years of age, is rated as one of the finest midfield talents on the continent.

The Dane has been a regular feature of the Dutch champions’ first team for the past four years and has already earned himself an impressive 36 caps for his country.

Last term he scored an astonishing 13 goals and made 23 assists across all competitions for Ajax (including one goal and one assist in the Champions League against Manchester City).

He scored more goals and made more assists than Cesc Fabregas who, at present, seems to be the primary object of United’s desire, and Ajax have reported set an asking price of £17 million which is around half of what United would have to stump up to bring the Spaniard back to England.

Furthermore, Fabregas has stated his preference to remain at his boyhood club and continue life in his hometown with his family and childhood friends. Eriksen, on the other hand, has stated his desire to move on from Ajax and continue his career in the Premier League.

The Dane also happens to have just a year left on his contract at Ajax and, since the interest from AC Milan heated up, both Liverpool and German side Bayern Leverkusen appear to have cooled their interest in the youngster.

Unite had previously been chasing Thiago Alcantara, Fabregas’ Barcelona teammate who has now signed for European champions Bayern Munich.

Perhaps he is viewed as too similar to Shinji Kagawa, but when a player this good comes along, surely bearing in mind squad rotation, Eriksen's young age, and superb potential, he is worth the 'gamble'.

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