Manchester United have seemingly admitted defeat in their pursuit of Christian Eriksen, with the wantaway Tottenham midfielder having decided on a move away from the Premier League.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had been monitoring the playmaker as they seek to add creativity to their midfield in the coming transfer window, Eriksen having entered the final months of his contract at Spurs and informing the club of his desire for a new challenge.
Man United had hoped to convince the 27-year-old to remain in English football but have now accepted a move is unlikely, the Danish international having set his heart on a move abroad with Real Madrid, Juventus and Inter Milan all reportedly interested in a player available on a free transfer this summer.
According to the Evening Standard, despite Eriksen being free to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign sides, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is keen to find a buyer for the player during the January transfer window to avoid losing him for nothing in six months time.
Inter have been linked with a cut-price £20m deal to beat off competition from around Europe to sign the former Ajax star, though the Italian side this week admitted they are yet to have any contact with Spurs regarding Eriksen.
United will now turn their attentions to alternative midfield targets, the club having been linked with the likes of Leicester’s James Maddison and Ajax’s Donny Van de Beek in recent weeks.