Manchester United Boss Keen On £25m Rated Ajax Playmaker

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Manchester United are believed to be pursuing a £25million deal to sign Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen.

The Red Devils are hoping to buy the 19-year-old to stave off competition from Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has sent scouts to watch the Denmark international and even been to watch him personally.

Sources state that Ferguson has privately stated he sees Eriksen as the long-term successor to Paul Scholes.

The playmaker wants to remain at Ajax until at least his contract expires in 2014, but the Dutch club will not let him leave for nothing.

The Eredivisie champions will sell the starlet now but hope to convince Ferguson to let Eriksen stay with them for another season at least to help continue his development.

This depends on whether Ferguson can wrap up a £35million deal for Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder.

Talks have been held between the clubs over a move with all parties keen for it to happen but negotiations have stalled over a transfer fee and wages.

If the deal collapses Ferguson will want Eriksen to pull the midfield strings for the Premier League champions after having missed out on Arsenal’s Samir Nasri.

Whilst the valuation of the young Dane may seem steep for a teenager it is worth noting that Christian Eriksen is considered by many to be one of the hottest prospects in European football.

The attacking midfielder was pivotal to Ajax’s re-claiming of the Eredivisie title last term, their first domestic league triumph in seven years.

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