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Manchester United are eyeing Christian Eriksen this summer. And that’s three years after the Denmark international supposedly turned down a move to Old Trafford amid fears he’d develop into the following Juan Mata. Any transfer this summer isn’t guaranteed, especially with the Red Devils’ Premier League rivals all circling.

Manchester United want to add more creativity to their midfield, especially following the departure of Paul Pogba on a free transfer.

And it was revealed earlier this week that the Red Devils had tabled a contract offer to the Denmark international within the hope of securing his signature.

Now, if United do sign Eriksen, it’s going to be moderately surprising.

Back in 2019, the Red Devils sensed a chance with the 30-year-old’s contract winding down at Tottenham on the time.

United pressed to land Eriksen but, ultimately, missed out with the playmaker staying at Spurs until January 2020 – when he’d later join Inter Milan.

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Mata became a peripheral figure and, even prior to his exit this summer, had been for a while.

And whether Eriksen now thinks in a different way stays to be seen.

Erik ten Hag has a very good rapport with the Dane, who he allowed to coach with Ajax prior to his move to Brentford.

But United aren’t the one team within the race to land the 30-year-old, who scored once and registered 4 assists for the Bees last term.

Tottenham are hoping to reunite with Eriksen, especially now they’ve got Champions League football to supply.

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Brentford themselves remain keen to maintain the midfielder, despite the fact that he’s now technically a free agent.

And Leicester, Brighton and Everton have all emerged as potential suitors as well.

Meanwhile, former Rangers and Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish thinks that Eriksen can be an enormous signing for United.

“For me, it’s a no brainer. In the event that they can get Christian, take him in a heartbeat,” he said.

“I still feel that United are nickel and diming somewhat bit. With the manager, there have been some players Man United have been linked with that I believe: ‘No’.

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“I just cannot see progress for Man United in that respect after I see a few of the names linked with them.

“That is what Ten Hag will find is essentially the most difficult a part of his profession and life, recruitment.

“If he and the recruitment guys don’t recruit the blokes that may take Man United to a different level then I’m sorry, it’s going to be the standard, standard.

“We’ve seen it for the last five, six years, or let me return even further, since Sir Alex (Ferguson).”

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