The 2019 summer transfer window is part of the past now, but that doesn’t mean European clubs are done with their plans of strengthening their ranks and are ready to complete the deals they were unable to do so this offseason.
One star that was linked with several teams, but ultimately stayed put in his current club is Christian Eriksen, who was linked with Real Madrid, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester United at some point. Eriksen stayed with Tottenham after not getting any offer from Real Madrid, but that doesn’t mean he’ll play the whole season with the Spurs.
As a matter of fact, two European giants are lining up a move for the Danish playmaker next winter transfer window, when Eriksen will have just six months left on his contract.
Albeit nobody made a formal offer for him, Manchester United actually approached Eriksen, and they are set to finally strike a deal for the midfielder in January. The Sun claims that although he wanted a move to Spain, Eriksen was ‘flattered’ by United’s interest.
The player is also apparently ‘uncomfortable’ with the thought that Spurs may lose him as a free agent if they fail to sell him until next summer, so United ‘may try their luck again’.
Nevertheless, United won’t be the only club to pursue Eriksen, as the Daily Express reports Inter will move for Eriksen in January if his situation with Spurs has not been resolved. Antonio Conte and his side have been tipped to try and trigger an initial loan move for a fee that would lead to a permanent contract at the end of the season.
As soon as January 1st, Eriksen is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with overseas clubs. Juventus were reportedly hoping for the 27-year-old to run down his contract with Tottenham and sign him for free next summer, as they did with Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot this year.
Eriksen recently made it clear that he wasn’t happy with his situation in North London.
“I wish I could decide just like in Football Manager, but unfortunately I can't,” he told Ekstra Bladet.
It looks like he’s a couple of months away from finally getting the new challenge he’s been looking.