October 4, 2022

Christian Eriksen has agreed in principle to join Manchester United on a free transfer.

United will now complete a three-year deal for the 30-year-old, who spent the second half of last season at Brentford.

Once done, Eriksen will undergo a medical before completing the move.

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The Denmark international was considering offers from United and Brentford but decided to join Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.

Eriksen worked with Ten Hag when he trained with Ajax as part of his return to football after suffering cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark at Euro 2020.

United have been patient in their pursuit of Eriksen and put no pressure on the midfielder to make a decision as they understood his choice would be based on more than football.

Eriksen was settled in London with his family at Brentford, but was lured by the prospect of working under Ten Hag and being part of United’s new era under the Dutchman.

News of a deal comes after a weekend in which Cristiano Ronaldo made it clear he wants to leave United after a slow start to the club’s business in the transfer window this summer. The 37-year-old later failed to show up for pre-season training on Monday, citing family reasons.

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Peter Stevenson reports from the Manchester United training ground where Tyrell Malacia has arrived to complete his medical, but it looks like Cristiano Ronaldo may not be there as his future at the club remains uncertain.

Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia is set to become United’s first signing, having undergone medical checks before signing a five-year contract at Old Trafford.

Analysis: Patience wins in Eriksen pursuit

Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth:

“Manchester United have been patient when making their offer for Christian Eriksen and his representatives.

“They didn’t rush Eriksen into a decision because they understood the motivation was not just a footballing decision. There were other issues, family issues. Did he want to leave London?”

“It all contributed to the final decision he made. Brentford had an offer on the table but Eriksen has a very good relationship with Erik ten Hag because when he was recovering from his cardiac arrest at the Euros he coached at Ajax with Dix Hag.

“Their relationship was forged then and it looks like a deal is coming together now.”

Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol:

“We know Manchester United’s list of transfer targets and Erik ten Hag is going through them – Tyrell Malacia is close as talks continue with Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong.

“There have been question marks over whether he will move but if he stays at the Nou Camp it has been suggested he should take a pay cut. He would earn a lot more at Manchester United, we’ll learn more this week about where Lisandro Martinez decides to go – United or Arsenal.

“With Eriksen, the question was whether he would stay at Brentford or choose United. We believe he will sign a three-year contract and he is a great signing.

“United need reinforcements in midfield. They need creativity in midfield and he’s a player United wanted.”

Ronaldo absent for “family reasons”

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo was absent when Manchester United international players returned for pre-season training on Monday.

The Portuguese striker has informed the club that he wants to leave this summer to play Champions League football.

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It is understood his absence from training on Monday was due to family reasons, with United accepting that explanation.

United’s stance on Ronaldo remains that he has one year left on his contract and is not for sale, despite his desire to leave Old Trafford.

Malacia set to become Man Utd’s first summer signing

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Tyrell Malacia

Manchester United are set to make their first summer signing as Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia completes a move to the Premier League club.

Personal terms on a five-year deal have been agreed for the Netherlands international, which will cost United £13million.

United could now consider offers for Alex Telles, who has two years left on his contract after joining from Porto in the summer of 2020.

Brandon Williams’ immediate future is also expected to be discussed and whether his development is best served by staying at United or returning on loan.

Williams spent last season on loan at Norwich, making 26 Premier League appearances.

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