Manchester United to wait until summer to sign Christian Eriksen from Tottenham, with Aston Villa captain

Manchester United reportedly want Christian Eriksen on a free transfer next summer, and are also monitoring Jack Grealish.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eriksen is out of contract in just six months’ time and, unlike club colleague Toby Alderweireld, will not be tempted into signing a new deal.

Manchester United will wait until the summer to sign Christian Eriksen

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Manchester United will wait until the summer to sign Christian Eriksen

Once the transfer window opens in just three days’ time, Eriksen will be able to start pre-contract negotiations with clubs in Europe.

But, according to The Telegraph, United are confident they can sign the £40million-rated midfielder for nothing in the summer.

The deal to bring the 27-year-old to Old Trafford is already being described as ‘one of the most high-profile free transfers in the Premier League’ – surpassing the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s move to United three-and-a-half years ago.

Inter Milan and Juventus have maintained an interest in Eriksen, with Real Madrid also viewing the Denmark international as the ideal replacement for 2018 Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric.

Jack Grealish is also on Man United’s summer wish-list

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Jack Grealish is also on Man United’s summer wish-list

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish should be a starter for England, says Harry Redknapp

But the former Ajax star has attracted admiring glances from Old Trafford for many years now, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to win the race to sign him.

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish is also on Solskjaer’s radar, reports The Telegraph.

Unlike Eriksen, the 24-year-old has a long-term contract at his boyhood club and is playing well enough to potentially merit an England call-up ahead of Euro 2020.

However, given Villa’s precarious position in the Premier League, the Red Devils may also wait until the summer to pounce and move for Grealish if the Villans are relegated.