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Man Utd confident of Christian Eriksen deal, unlikely to land Brian Brobbey

Manchester United are confident that Christian Eriksen will join them on a free transfer despite the recent comments from Brentford manager Thomas Frank, according to Manchester Evening News.

The Denmark international has verbally agreed to sign for United on a three-year deal, but the club are still negotiating the terms of the contract with the playmaker.

Bees manager Thomas Frank recently said that he is still ‘optimistic‘ that the £18 million-rated star will re-sign for them, but United don’t believe there is any possibility of a change of stance.

It was recently predicted that Eriksen could join United for the Melbourne leg of the pre-season tour, but there is now an uncertainty whether a medical will be completed in time.

Meanwhile, there has been much speculation linking Brian Brobbey with United over the past 48 hours, but it appears unlikely that the Red Devils will get their hands on the highly-rated striker.

Brobbey returned to Ajax on loan in January. The 20-year-old bagged seven goals from just six starts. The Dutch champions are now in advanced talks to re-sign him permanently from RB Leipzig.

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Eriksen’s career reached a standstill last summer after a shock cardiac arrest at Euro 2020, but he has since made a terrific comeback.

Brentford signed him on a short-term deal in January this year. He was superb for them with one goal and four assists from just 11 outings.

The Dane prefers to play in the number 10 position, but can also operate in central midfield, where he excelled for the Bees last season.

With his vast Premier League experience, he should be a quality acquisition on a free transfer and could be a key player under Erik ten Hag.

While personal terms need to be sorted, his medical may also be delayed. He was fitted with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator last summer.

It could be a lengthier process than in other situations, and Eriksen may have to wait a bit longer to make his friendly debut for United.

On the other hand, United’s reluctance to enter the race for Brobbey is not surprising, particularly with Ajax aiming to re-sign him permanently.

There have been suggestions that Ten Hag and Brobbey have been speaking to each other, but United would not want to hijack Ajax’s pursuit.

United are currently in advanced negotiations with the Dutch outfit to sign Lisandro Martinez, and they are optimistic of sealing an agreement.

The Red Devils also have an interest in pursuing Antony from the Amsterdam-based club, and would not want to hamper their chances.

If they were to scupper Ajax’s bid to sign Brobbey, the Dutch outfit may then refuse to negotiate transfer deals for Martinez and Antony.

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