Leeds United are in pursuit of Christian Eriksen and “could advance” their interest in the Denmark playmaker “in the next week”, according to CBS journalist Ben Jacobs.
Eriksen, 30, is set to be out of contract at the end of June after only signing a short-term deal with Brentford in the January transfer window.
A lot of clubs are reportedly keen on signing the Danish midfielder and, according to Jacobs, Leeds are among them and are more likely to strike a deal than his former club Tottenham.
“Other clubs that are looking at him that are a bit newer: Leicester City, who considered a January move, and Leeds United and Newcastle. But Manchester United are the most advanced,” Jacobs told The Football Terrace, as transcribed by The Boot Room.
He added: “So Manchester United and Brentford are in the mix. Behind them at the moment, but they could advance in the next week: Leicester, Leeds, there’s talk of West Ham United still as well. And Spurs is the least likely scenario.”
Get him in
If we sign Eriksen this summer, we’ll be in an incredible place to push for a top-half finish in the Premier League and potentially even challenge for a spot in Europe.
That seems over the top but Eriksen is a world-class player on his day and he’ll be an incredible signing for Jesse Marsch if Victor Orta is able to pull off a deal.
Eriksen joined Brentford in January and contributed to them finishing strongly in their debut Premier League season.
He played 11 times for the West London club, scoring one goal – which came in a 4-1 win away at Chelsea – and assisting a further four.
Of course, the big scare about Eriksen will be whether or not he can pass a medical after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch at the European Championships last summer.
However, the Denmark international has proven that not only is he fit and able to pass a medical, but he’s also capable of producing top-class performances.
With Kalvin Phillips potentially leaving Leeds, we’ll need a new set-piece taker so Eriksen ticks that box too.
Imagine a midfield of Marc Roca and Eriksen with Brenden Aaronson ahead of them.
We’ll be a top-half club or at least a mid-table one with those options as long as they stay fit.