Manchester United have been dealt a reported blow in their pursuit of Christian Eriksen.

The Danish sensation has been linked with a handful of clubs across Europe, with teams from Spain, Italy and England all showing an interest in the Ajax teenager.

Sir Alex Ferguson has led the chase from the Barclays Premier League, but Catalunya Radio reports that player agent Martin Schoots has met with Barca sports director Andoni Zubizarreta to discuss the player's situation.

Contracted at the Amsterdam Arena until 2013, Eriksen stated this week that the Nou Camp would be a preferred destination, another major blow to the chances of Manchester United landing the player.

Eriksen is one of a handful of attacking midfielders linked with a move to Old Trafford, with Wesley Sneijder and Mario Gotze also placed on the Manchester United radar as Ferguson pursues a replacement for Paul Scholes.

The former England international midfielder retired in the summer, and whilst the emergence of Tom Cleverley has softened the blow, a dip in form from the team in general has left many to predict Ferguson will turn to the transfer market in the New Year.

Whilst Eriksen fits the bill of bringing young players to the club (David de Gea and Phil Jones were added in the summer), a Manchester United move now seems unlikely and the club will need to look elsewhere if they wish to strengthen in the playmaker position.

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