Report: Manchester United eye January bid for Spurs' Christian Eriksen

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the...

Manchester United reportedly failed in their attempt to sign Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen in the summer.

Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 01, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

According to a report from The Sun, Manchester United are already preparing to make a January move for Tottenham star Christian Eriksen - with the playmaker apparently uncomfortable about the thought of Spurs not getting a fee for him.

Eriksen's future has been up in the air for much of the summer after he suggested that he was keen to pursue a new challenge in the wake of Mauricio Pochettino's side's run to the Champions League final last season.

 

The Sun reports that the Dane wanted to join Real Madrid, while Manchester United attempted to agree a £70 million move and only backed away when it became clear that Eriksen's preference was to head to the Bernabeu. The report notes that Spurs were content to let the 27-year-old go for that price.

Interestingly, The Sun adds that Eriksen was still flattered by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men showing interest and they are planning to make a fresh attempt to land him when the January window opens. 

Tottenham Hotspur's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen looks for a pass during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in...

The report adds that Eriksen - who is out of contract with Tottenham next summer - is uncomfortable about the prospect of Spurs not securing a fee for him.

While the closure of the transfer window has brought a temporary end to the uncertainty surrounding Eriksen, it is not a surprise that the rumours have already started up again.

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the...

The situation is going to come to a head at some stage within the next 12 months, whether that be through Eriksen leaving for a fee in January, for nothing next summer, or even signing a new contract at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

But while he remains at Spurs, Pochettino will know that it is best for everyone that Eriksen continues to impress when he plays. He will be incredibly difficult to replace if he does go, but they need to every last bit of quality they can out of the midfielder now they know that he is going nowhere for the next few months. 

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