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Tottenham star wasn’t convinced by Man Utd interest

Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen was not that convinced by the ambition or genuine interest of Manchester United on the final days of the transfer window, according to a report.

The Daily Mail’s Ian Herbert gives a shattering account of United’s summer in a new article looking at the incompetence of the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who replaced former chief executive David Gill in 2013.

Spurs claim United made no approach before Wednesday to sign the player. The deadline for transfers passed at 5pm the following day.

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The report goes on to suggest Woodward was expected to come into the job six years ago as a “brash, wheeler-dealer” type in the transfer market. He’s been anything but – and has glued himself to intermediaries such as Jorge Mendes and Mino Raiola.

Eriksen is the sort of player United need in the final third to help unlock teams, but he knows he holds all of the cards in negotiations with Spurs. With one year remaining on his contract and unwillingness to renew terms, Tottenham chairman wants to cash in on Eriksen, who could wait just another 12 months before getting his desired move to Spain.

We can’t fool ourselves and pretend United are as attractive as we were 10 years ago. Eriksen has his eyes on Real Madrid.

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