Sunday 18 August 2019

Manchester United pursue audacious move for Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen


Christian Eriksen. Photo: Marc Atkins/Getty Images
Christian Eriksen. Photo: Marc Atkins/Getty Images

James Ducker

Manchester United are pursuing an audacious late move for Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen.

Eriksen is keen for a new challenge and United are interested in trying to strike a deal before the transfer window closes at 5pm tomorrow.

The Denmark midfielder has been linked with a number of European clubs, including Real Madrid, Juventus and Atletico Madrid, but Tottenham have yet to receive a formal bid and United are hoping that may encourage Spurs to compromise on price.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy would prefer to sell Eriksen, 27, overseas rather than to a direct rival but he is also reluctant to allow such a valuable asset to leave for nothing when his contract expires next summer.

United would have to pay a higher fee than a European suitor to land Eriksen, but believe it will be less than the £130m (€141m) which Spurs were quoting last season.

Everton will push to sign Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha up until tomorrow’s 5pm transfer deadline despite appearing to have had a second, improved bid – after their initial €56.5 million offer – rejected.

Zaha is keen to move but it would be a surprise if Palace allowed him to leave given there is little time for a replacement to be signed.

Everton have proved more successful in their pursuit of a right-back, with a deal agreed with Monaco to take French World Cup winner Djibril Sidibe on loan for the season with an option to buy.

The 27-year-old, who has had a history of injury problems, will undergo a medical today and is expected to provide competition for Seamus Coleman.

Meanwhile, Laurent Koscielny has joined Bordeaux after Arsenal agreed to sell him for around €5 million.

Koscielny was desperate to return to France and refused to go on Arsenal’s pre-season tour of the United States in an attempt to force a move.

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