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Manchester United expect Christian Eriksen to be next signing amid Frenkie de Jong and Cristiano Ronaldo issues



Christian Eriksen is expected to be Manchester United’s second acquisition, and they are hoping he will join the group on the preseason tour’s leg in Australia.

With United aware of the heart arrest Eriksen, 30, sustained while competing for Denmark against Finland in the European Championship last year, he is due to undergo a rigorous physical this week. Prior to his $14.6 million contract, Tyrell Malacia underwent a medical over the course of two days.

Thomas Frank, the manager of Brentford, suggested that Eriksen would re-sign for the London club, although United has a verbal agreement to sign the Danish player.

After regaining match fitness at the beginning of the year by working out with Ajax under the guidance of new United manager Erik ten Hag, Eriksen spent three months on loan at Brentford.

Although Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave, United is sympathetic to the family matter that has prevented him from reporting for preseason practice as scheduled last Monday.

Despite the fact that Ronaldo, 37, has been seen working out at the Lisbon training facility for the Portugal national team, he is dissatisfied with United’s poor progress in the transfer market and his 25 percent wage drop as a result of the club’s failure to make the Champions League.

United takes a flight to Melbourne following their Tuesday match against Liverpool in Bangkok. They then play Melbourne Victory on July 15 and Crystal Palace on July 19. If Ronaldo is unable to play against Palace, he is not expected to travel to Australia for the championship game against Aston Villa in Perth on July 23. United sources insist that Ten Hag and his coaching team are not distracted by Ronaldo’s absence and are instead concentrating on the players who are available in Thailand.

The wage deferral Barcelona players agreed upon due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 is the sticking point in the negotiations for Frenkie de Jong, which United is still trying to resolve. Senior United sources say that Barcelona must settle the €88.5 million De Jong is owed for the fixed salary and loyalty bonuses on his contract before the trade can move through.

Although United has backup possibilities for De Jong, Barcelona and United have reached an agreement on a sum of €55 million, and as they approach the tenth week of negotiations, De Jong is crucial to Ten Hag’s ambitions.

Despite having made no more progress in negotiations, United is still interested in signing Argentina international Lisandro Martinez from Ajax. Because they believe Antony is overvalued at the €80 million Ajax is asking for the Brazilian, United feels pessimistic about their chances of signing him.

With Tom Heaton maybe moving up to second-choice behind David de Gea, United is still looking for a replacement for Dean Henderson as a backup goalkeeper.

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