Manchester United are monitoring Brentford midfielder Christian Eriksen ahead of a possible free transfer this summer, Daily Mail reports.
Eriksen’s career had a brief standstill last summer after he suffered a shock cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland.
After months of rehabilitation, he joined the Bees on a free transfer on January 31 following his mutual release from Serie A giants Inter Milan.
The 30-year-old has since excelled with one goal and one assist from four outings for the London club, who have pulled clear of the drop zone.
Eriksen has also made his Denmark comeback in this period. He scored in both appearances for them during the recent international break.
Hence, the playmaker is back to his best, and it appears United could attempt to sign him when his Bees deal expires at the end of June.
The speculation linking Eriksen with United is nothing new, considering he was on their radar before joining the Nerazzurri from Tottenham.
Eriksen struggled to make his mark with the Serie A champions where he was often ineffective playing from a deeper midfield position.
At Brentford, he has afforded the chance to be more creative from the number 10 role. There are no surprises that he has made an instant impact.
Bruno Fernandes is presently an undisputed starter from the same position for United. He only recently penned a new long-term contract.
Hence, he should be an assured starter going forward, but a player of Eriksen’s experience could keep him on his toes next season.
The Portuguese has gone through spells where he has looked out of sorts, but there has not been any suitable competitor alongside him.
Jesse Lingard seemed a choice for United this term, but has hardly played this campaign despite the change of managers mid-season.
The club graduate is set to leave when his contract expires this summer. Eriksen would be a quality replacement for him in the first-team squad.
There is also a chance that Fernandes and Eriksen could line up with each other next term if United can pursue a world class defensive midfielder.
If Eriksen is available this summer, Tottenham Hotspur could be the Red Devils’ main rivals, and they may have the edge in the pursuit.
Eriksen had a terrific career at Spurs with 305 appearances to his name. 230 of those were in the Premier League, registering 52 goals and 68 assists.
The Dane may find it hard to turn down a reunion with Spurs as well as Antonio Conte, who was his manager at Inter Milan for 18 months.
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