Old Trafford side earmark move for Danish international.
Man United have identified Ajax youngster Christian Eriksen as their number one transfer target as Sir Alex Ferguson looks to continue his policy of pursuing youthful talents he believes can form the nucleus of the next generation of Old Trafford talent.
The 19 year old Danish international is already a regular for both club and country and helped his Ajax side to an Eredivisie title last term and has been a virtual ever present at the Amsterdam club ever since his first team debut in January 2010. Eriksen is tied to a long term contract with his Dutch side but Ferguson will look to lure the teenager to the Premier League side in the summer.
Man United Assistant manager Rene Meulensteen has confirmed the club’s interest in the attacking midfielder stating: ‘This is a player that is on our radar, But that is to be expected. If people weren’t looking, no-one would ever have an opinion on these players. It is true that a player like Eriksen would fit our transfer policy.’
Having brought in the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, David de Gea and Javier Hernandez over the past couple of years and seen academy graduates Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley make an impact it seems that Ferguson’s plan to seamlessly transition from his old guard to the next generation is on track.
Man United are said to be ready to offer as much as £25m for Eriksen, a player who is also a target of Spanish giants Barcelona and Italian outfits AC Milan and Juventus, and a move to lure the starlet away from Ajax will be helped if Frank De Boer fails to retain their domestic title or at the very least a top two finish that would secure Champions League football for next season.
Currently Ajax sit in fourth spot, behind FC Twente, PSV Eindhoven and leaders AZ Alkmaar, who are some five points ahead of Eriksen’s side.