It’s not the first time FDN have been the subject of this feature and it’s unlikely to be the last, with their latest rumour suggesting Tottenham Hotspur will sell Christian Eriksen and replace him with Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa.
There are so many things wrong with this idea that I’m not really sure where to start.
Firstly, the article claims that Eriksen is a target for Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, when Klopp is a public admirer of United’s Japanese star.
If Klopp is looking for a creative player to come into his squad this summer then it’s likely that he’d favour a move for a player who has already played under him and someone he’s commented on from afar during his Old Trafford career.
Secondly, there’s the stats aspect with Eriksen superior to Kagawa in several key areas so far this season.
|Club||Pos||Goal Assist||Goals||Ontarget Scoring Att||Accurate Pass||Apps||Mins|
|Shinji Kagawa||Man Utd||MF||3||0||6||539||16||1,035|
In short, there is no value for Spurs in replacing their best player with someone who is inferior in so many areas. The stats are made all the more remarkable by the fact that Kagawa is in his second season of English football as opposed to Eriksen’s first.
Thirdly, Manchester United don’t have a manager.
There is no value or sense for United in discussing deals, which could see key players leaving while no permanent manager is in the main office at Old Trafford.
Instant friction could be created between United officials and the new boss, should that new boss come in and immediately decide that Kagawa was a player that he wanted to hold onto.
Fourthly, and something which FDN cite in their own article, Kagawa replacing Eriksen would mean United selling to another English team.
United haven’t made a modern habit of selling key players to their Premier League rivals, especially considering their slip off the title pace so far this season.
United may well be locked in a battle against Spurs to make the top four next season, unless their new manager comes in and fires them back towards the top of the division, so why would they aid a rival who can hurt them?
Rubbish Rating: Don’t believe it for a second.