Man United reportedly make funny offer for Eriksen

Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eager to sign Inter Milan midfielder Cristian Eriksen in January, a journalist has revealed.

The playmaker joined the Serie A outfit from Tottenham Hotspur in January in a deal worth £16.9m.

The midfielder was expected to take the Serie A by storm but has been limited to just 4 starts for Inter under Antonio Conte this season and he is expected to leave the San Siro this month after being added to the transfer list. 

Meanwhile, Ian McGarry of the Transfer Window Podcast has claimed that the Red Devils have made a bid to take the midfielder on loan and pay £1.33m (€1.5m) of his £3.55m (€4m) wage packet.

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His colleague Duncan Castles reacted to the news with these remarks on the Transfer Window podcast (via the Daily Express):

“That offer that you were talking about and those discussions with Manchester United is one that would be laughed out of court in a normal window, in normal circumstances.

“‘You want us to give you a player who has been a top performer in the Premier League, and get us to pay a majority of his salary’, it would be a straight blank no.

“But why not chance your arm? Knowing that Inter want to offload him, knowing that he wants to play football and knowing I think that there isn’t really looking like an option for Inter to sell him in this window.

“Therefore, maybe you can get a player of Eriksen’s quality to add to your squad for what would be, if Inter were to accept that offer, very cheap wages and just a little bit of extra insurance for the rest of the season.”

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McGarry added: “It would be a loan deal until the end of the season with no option to buy as far as it goes at the moment.

“The deal is far from being done, mostly because Manchester United have not offered to pay a sufficient part of his wages.

“He is on €8m net per year, meaning €4m for the remainder of this season.

“United have offered around €1.5m with Inter paying the rest.

“[Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer is keen on the idea. He is looking for a central midfielder to assist in United’s challenge for the Premier League title.”