According to Sky Sports, Manchester United are considering launching a bid to sign Christian Eriksen.
Spurs are said to be open to letting the playmaker leave White Hart Lane this summer. The Dane only has one year left to run on his current deal, so this could be the north London club’s last chance to cash in on him.
However, Mauricio Pochettino must do everything he can to ensure that Eriksen doesn’t make a move to Old Trafford. Allowing the 27-year-old to join a club abroad is one thing, but allowing him to strengthen a Premier League rival is quite another.
Both Spurs and the Red Devils will be in the hunt for Champions League qualification this season. Eriksen is a top class player, and he could give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side an edge in the battle for the top four. For Spurs, selling Eriksen to Manchester United would be wildly irresponsible.
Tottenham can learn a lesson from their bitter rivals Arsenal here. In 2012, Arsenal sold striker Robin van Persie to Manchester United, as the Dutchman only had one year left to run on his deal at the Emirates Stadium and was unwilling to extend his stay. The Gunners received £24 million, but Robin van Persie went on that season to fire Manchester United to the Premier League title. It would surely have been preferable for Arsenal to accept a lesser fee from a foreign club, rather than hand their rivals the key to winning the league.
Spurs must not make the same mistake. Whilst it’s highly unlikely that Eriksen would make Manchester United title winners, he could well improve the Old Trafford club to the extent that they beat his former side to the top four.