Manchester United have finished talks with Tottenham Hotspur over Christian Eriksen, who is as yet waiting for a move to Real Madrid.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admires Eriksen, however, the inclination is the player truly likes a move to Spain to link up with Real manager Zinedine Zidane.
Eriksen laid out his interest to leave Spurs in the repercussions of their Champions League last defeat to Liverpool on June 1, preferring a new challenge.
“I have the wildest and deepest respect for everything that has happened in Tottenham, nor will it be negative,” he said .
“But I have also said that I would like to try something new.
“I hope there will be clarification during the summer. That’s the plan. In football, you do not know when a clarification comes. It can happen anytime. Everyone wants it best if it happens as soon as possible, but in football takes things time.”
“I hope there will be a clarification during the summer. That’s the plan. In football, you do not know when a clarification comes. It can happen anytime.
It is acknowledged that that desire to try something new is persuading the riches on offer at Old Trafford, where United were wanting to keep Eriksen in the Premier League.
Real Madrid boss Zidane has been desperate to land his fellow Frenchman Paul Pogba all summer, but the complications and financial responsibilities around that deal are believed to be highly tricky, with the Eriksen deal thought to be somewhat easier to pull off.
Not at all like in England where the transfer window will close on Thursday evening, clubs in Spain will have until September 2 to finish any approaching deals.
That said, Spurs won’t let Eriksen go without signing an attacking midfielder or forward as his replacement, with Philippe Coutinho, Giovani Lo Celso and Paulo Dybala all being talked with moves to north London.