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Manchester United Linked with Late Christian Eriksen Transfer Ahead of Deadline

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur during the 2019 International Champions Cup match between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Internazionale at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 4, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Manchester United are reportedly trying to secure the signing of Christian Eriksen from Tottenham Hotspur in the final two days of the transfer window.

According to Rob Dawson of ESPN FC, Spurs could be open to negotiating on the £130 million price tag they initially quoted when Eriksen said he wanted to leave the club earlier this summer. 

Eriksen, 27, has only a year remaining on his contract at Spurs, so they risk losing him in a cut-price deal in January or for free next summer if they do not sell him in the current transfer window.

Per Dawson, club chairman Daniel Levy is "reluctant" to let that happen.

United are lacking in the centre of midfield after losing Ander Herrera to Paris Saint-Germain.

Marouane Fellaini also left Old Trafford at the beginning of the year to join Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng.

Paul Pogba, Juan MataAndreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard can all operate in advanced central midfield roles, but arguably none can offer the same kind of skill set that Eriksen could.

Pogba is supremely talented, but he prefers to play a little deeper than the No. 10 role Eriksen favours, and both have been linked to Real Madrid:

Matt Law @Matt_Law_DT

Real also reluctant to pay more than £70m for Eriksen if they do miss out on Pogba. https://t.co/8sRhZn5twg

If Pogba were to stay put at Old Trafford instead of moving to the Santiago Bernabeu, the Denmark international would still be a superb signing, and the pair could likely work well in tandem:

James Robson @jamesrobsonES

Eriksen is not necessarily a direct replacement for Pogba. I’m sure Solskjær would be very happy to have both in his team. I’m also sure he’d be very unhappy to have neither - so the move makes sense either way #MUFC

Eriksen's creativity is his major asset. He has reached double figures for assists in each of the last four Premier League seasons, setting up a combined 50 goals in that period while scoring 32.

That kind of return could be a huge help to United as they aim to return to the Premier League's top four.

In each of the six Premier League seasons since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club, United have failed to pass the 70-goal mark.

Champions Manchester City and runners-up Liverpool scored 95 and 89 goals, respectively, last season.