Manchester United DID try to sign Christian Eriksen – but this is why it failed
Manchester United (opens in new tab) failed in their bid to sign Christian Eriksen because the player prefers a move to Spain, report the Manchester Evening News (opens in new tab).
United launched a late attempt to buy the Tottenham (opens in new tab) playmaker before the Premier League transfer window closed last Thursday.
Eriksen only has a year left to run on his Spurs contract and is unlikely to sign fresh terms in north London.
However, the Denmark international turned down the chance to join United because he wants to play in La Liga.
Eriksen was linked with Real Madrid (opens in new tab) earlier in the summer, but Zinedine Zidane's side have since turned their attention to other transfer targets.
Spanish clubs have until September 2 to complete their business before their window closes.
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Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).