There’s a possibility that Christian Eriksen can become an essential player for Manchester United. That doesn’t mean Ed Woodward is confirmed to pay Tottenham £50 million for the Danish midfielder in the winter transfer window.
As a reminder, Eriksen’s deal with Spurs will expire at the end of the 2019/20 season. That, in and of itself, is enough motivation to push the player’s transfer fee down significantly. The fact that Eriksen is in the middle of his worst period as a professional should allow Man United to secure him via a bargain price.
Instead, Eldesmarque claims that United are planning the large offer to make sure they fend off Real Madrid when the transfer window reopens. The Spanish giants are still keeping tabs on Eriksen, but they’ve given zero evidence that they’re willing to make a big offer to secure his services in January.
The real question the Red Devils officials should be asking themselves is whether or not Eriksen should be a transfer target of theirs at all. Any transfer for the talented Dane must be based on the assumption that his current run of abysmal form is mainly due to his deal situation at Tottenham. Spurs have made several large contract offers to their stylish No.10, but they are not willing to meet the large salary requirements put forth by Dane’s agents.
Man United believe that the combination of Eriksen and Paul Pogba in the middle of the pitch would be enough to vault their side back into title consideration. That’s the only possible justification for paying such a premium for a player who can be had via a free transfer in several months.