Despite a delay in finalizing personal terms, Manchester United is optimistic about signing Christian Eriksen on a free transfer, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The Denmark international verbally agreed to join United last week, but contract negotiations are still proceeding behind the scenes.
After that, United will continue with his medical checks, but it is unclear whether he will be available for the Melbourne part of their preseason tour.
Meanwhile, Brentford manager Thomas Tuchel recently stated that he is still ‘optimistic’ about Eriksen returning to the club, although United has no reservations.
In our opinion:
Eriksen has made an outstanding comeback to professional football since suffering a heart arrest last summer. He was fantastic for Brentford on a short-term contract this year.
They questioned if the 30-year-old would make an impact, but he proved many wrong with one goal and four assists in 11 games.
Eriksen has long been on United’s radar, and the club is now on the verge of signing him on a free transfer. He has the potential to be a solid performer under the new manager.
Erik ten Hag is thought to be impressed with Eriksen’s growth since his return to England, and his arrival might help United make the most of their transfer money.
The Dutch strategist is targeting at least six signings throughout the summer season, with a few high-profile arrivals possible before the transfer deadline on September 1.
Lisandro Martinez of Ajax and Frenkie de Jong of Barcelona are among the targets, but negotiations with their respective clubs over the ultimate amount are still underway.
Meanwhile, Eriksen, who was fitted with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator last summer, may have a longer medical, but no worries are predicted.
Aside from Eriksen, United appears to be close to acquiring free agent goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha. The Red Devils have apparently agreed on personal terms with the 27-year-old.