Manchester United are reportedly eyeing a surprise swoop for Tottenham contract rebel Christian Eriksen in the winter transfer market.
Eriksen’s current contract with Spurs expires next summer and the Danish star has repeatedly snubbed offers from chairman Daniel Levy that would triple the current wages.
Instead, the technically gifted Spurs midfielder claims he is prepared for a different challenge and with a transfer to Real Madrid thought to be his preferred option.
But a British outlet The Sun claim United offered around £70 million for the star this summer and even have engaged in preliminary contract negotiations with his representatives, only to see the offer turned down by Tottenham.
Daniel is a notoriously tough negotiator but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed not to have been deterred by the difficulties of doing a potential deal with Spurs.
The Red Devils will reportedly go in again for Eriksen in January, six months before his deal runs out, hoping that Tottenham Hotspur decide to cash in while the club still can instead of letting him walk away for nothing.
However, the final decision will likely come down to the star, who over the summer revealed in an interview that a transfer away from White Hart Lane could ‘happen at any time’.
Head coach Mauricio Pochettino repeatedly refused to rule out a transfer, even in the aftermath of the 2-2 draw with Unai Emery’s Arsenal when the European transfer market only had 24 hours to run.
And now Christian himself has once again spoken out on the lack of certainty regarding his future.
‘I wish I could decide just like in Football Manager, but unfortunately I can’t,’ he told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet.
‘For me it’s not hard to clear my head. I don’t read much of what is written.’
‘I should have been looking at houses in Madrid [according to the speculation], but I have to be honest and say that all that writing is not something that bothers me. At all.’