Newcastle United reportedly want to sign Christian Eriksen, and won’t be hindered by their lack of Champions League football.
According to i News, the Danish midfielder is open to joining a team that isn’t competing in Europe’s top competition. That’s a boost for the Magpies, who haven’t played in the Champions League for almost 20 years.
They add that Eriksen has interest from overseas, but he wants to remain in the Premier League. Again, that’s a boost for Newcastle who achieved survival with ease last time out.
However, there are a lot of clubs chasing the 30-year-old’s signature.
Newcastle will do very well to sign Christian Eriksen
Eriksen signed a short-term deal with Brentford in January, and they want to re-sign him. That’s no surprise considering how influential he was for the Bees.
He produced a scintillating performance against Chelsea in April, scoring his first club goal since suffering a cardiac arrest. Eriksen dazzled that day, with his manager Thomas Frank calling him ‘unbelievable‘.
Manchester United are also in the mix to sign him, with new Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag looking to revitalise the midfield he has inherited.
The i add that Everton have enquired, while Tottenham have also been in the mix. However, recent reports suggest that Eriksen won’t be heading back to the club that sold him in January 2020.
Eriksen has a plethora of Premier League clubs chasing his signature. The i add that he will make his decision based on where he can play the most football and enjoy himself – money will not be a huge factor, and neither will European football.
Newcastle United is certainly a fun place to play football right now. The second half of last season was special for the Magpies, and that feelgood factor will roll into the 2022/23 campaign.
But can we offer Eriksen the amount of football he wants? He’s a sensational player, but Howe does already have a lot of options in midfield.
It will be up to Newcastle to present their vision to Eriksen. The Northern Echo recently claimed that the club are hoping to hold face-to-face talks with him.
They will need to convince him that he will play enough football at St James’ Park, and in a way that he’ll enjoy donning a black and white shirt.
His overall goal is to go to the World Cup this winter – he needs to join a club that will best prepare him for the tournament.
Given how well he did last season and his relationship with Thomas Frank, a return to Brentford feels most likely right now.