Manchester United remain interested in a deal to sign Tottenham’s wantaway playmaker Christian Eriksen but are said to be ‘ready to wait’ until the summer to try to sign the midfielder on a free transfer.
The Danish international has entered the final few months of his contract at Spurs and is believed to have informed the club that he has no intention of signing an extension to his deal, Eriksen having indicated a desire for a new challenge after six-and-a-half years with the North London side.
Chairman Daniel Levy is prepared to sanction the sale of the 27-year-old during next month’s transfer window as Spurs look to recoup a fee for the player, though he is free to negotiate with foreign clubs regarding a pre-contract agreement when the window opens on January 1.
According to the Telegraph, however, Manchester United remain keen on a deal to keep Eriksen in the Premier League as they bid to add creativity to their midfield, though believe they are in a strong position to land the playmaker for nothing next summer.
Eriksen has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford since last summer, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are confident they can persuade the former Ajax star to join the club in one of the Premier League’s most high-profile free transfers in recent seasons.
Real Madrid have also been strongly linked with a deal for Eriksen in recent months, the Spanish giants seeking to overhaul an ageing midfield, whilst Italian duo Juventus and Inter Milan are also said to be keen.
Juventus, in particular, have a strong track record of securing free agent signings, with midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot both arriving at the Allianz Arena from Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain respectively at the expiry of their contracts last summer.