Tottenham are close with Manchester United to reaching an agreement for playmaker Christian Eriksen.
AS report that the Danish playmaker is ‘seriously considering’ a proposal made by the Red Devils in the past few days, with a five-year contract reportedly on the table for Eriksen from United.
Eriksen was expected to leave this window after the Tottenham midfielder admitted to Ekstra Bladet he wanted to depart the north London side this summer, saying: “I feel that I am at a stage of my career where I would like to try something new.”
With the final week of the transfer window underway for teams in the Premier League, it is now or never for Eriksen to secure his move away from Tottenham following his comments about wanting to leave the club.
Indeed, Eriksen’s potential move to United could hinge on Tottenham’s ability to bring in a replacement for the Dane, but with the Daily Record reporting that Spurs have agreed a deal for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, the former Ajax playmaker might be in the clear to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and company in Manchester.
A move to United could realistically materialise in the next few days, with Sky Sports News reporting that the club have turned down a bid for Paul Pogba from Real Madrid following comments from the Frenchman that, just like Eriksen, he too was open for a move this summer (per BBC Sport).
Notable journalist Gab Marcotti drew comparisons between Lo Celso and Eriksen earlier this summer and both the Argentine as well as new signing Tanguy Ndombele could help replace some of the Dane’s creativity. While the latter did lead the way in terms of shots per game (2.1) and key passes (2.4), Lo Celso (1.9 and 0.8) and the big-money Frenchman (0.9 and 1.4) recorded decent enough stats.
In fact, Ndombele would have finished third in the club’s ranks when it comes to the key passes metric while Lo Celso would have ranked fourth in terms of shots per game.
With just one year left on his contract, Spurs would be wise to allow Eriksen to leave this summer and to reap in the financial benefits rather than allowing the Danish international to walk for free come next year. While he would leave a hole in the squad in terms of a creative outlet, the stats above do suggest the club can replace at least some of his numbers should they be able to secure Lo Celso too.
And with the aforementioned report claiming that Spurs will listen to offers of £60m for their star midfielder, United could well come in with a bid of around that region if they can offload Pogba before the end of the transfer window.
The window is drawing ever closer to shutting, and it is looking likely to be a dramatic finale.
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