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Brentford are still in the running to sign Christian Eriksen despite Man Utd ties

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Eriksen weighs his options after approaches from Brentford, Man Utd, Newcastle and Everton and clubs overseas

I understands Brentford have been told they are still an option for Eriksen, who has changed his first season in the Premier League.

Manchester United and Brentford have both been told they are in the running to sign Christian Eriksen, who is yet to make a decision on his future.

But he is also interested in the opportunity presented by Manchester United, who are rebuilding under Erik ten Hag and have ambitions to sign Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona and another striker.

“Everyone is pretty much in the dark about their next decision, other than that they have a lot of options,” said a source with knowledge of the negotiations I.

Brentford and Manchester United are among a group of teams who have approached Eriksen, with Everton and Newcastle also making inquiries. The Denmark international has options abroad but would rather stay in the Premier League.

Eriksen’s representatives have told potential suitors that money is not an issue in his decision, his main motivation is that he wants to play regularly and enjoy his football.

The prospect of a World Cup appearance for Denmark, who are among the dark horses in Qatar, is paramount and he wants to come to the tournament in the best possible shape – which means giving him a platform to perform on, no matter which one club he signs.

Crucially for Brentford and Manchester United, he’s willing to sign for a team that can’t offer Champions League football.

Brentford made a contract offer to Eriksen before the end of the season and the club would welcome him back with open arms. It is understood their selling point centered on being the player they would build on and offering him a chance to be the central part of a progressive, future-oriented club ready to invest again this summer to improve his 13th place in the Premier League.

Eriksen knows the club suits his style and the player enjoyed his football under Thomas Frank with a strong Danish contingent in the dressing room.

Spurs were backed as a likely target for Eriksen at the start of the summer, but on Monday it emerged Tottenham’s interest in signing Eriksen had waned after initial contact with the Danish midfielder’s representatives was made in early June.

Antonio Conte appears to have prioritized other areas of the team as Spurs aim to build a team capable of improving on last year’s fourth place finish.

The player himself is now on holiday and none of the clubs that have reached out have been given a final decision.

The scramble for Eriksen’s services comes just over a year since he collapsed from cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 group game against Finland. He was fitted with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator that delivers a mini-shock if it detects an abnormal rhythm.

Brentford’s first move for Eriksen has been described as one of football’s most complicated signings after the club sought legal and medical advice on how best to protect the player. A defibrillator and trained operator must be near the player at all times during practice and games.

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