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Ferguson planning £15m Eriksen move

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is considering a £15 million move for Ajax starlet Christian Eriksen, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The 19-year-old, who featured for the Dutch Champions in the Europa League against Ferguson's men, has been attracting interest from afar.

He makes his first trip to Old Trafford this week during the second leg, which United take a two-goal lead into thanks to Ashley Young and Javier Hernandez's goals.

Eriksen has already had comparisons with Michael Laudrup bestowed on him, while he would be a potential long-term replacement for Paul Scholes, who came out of retirement earlier this season.

A bid has yet to be finalised, with the likes of Luka Modric and Nicolas Gaitan both attracting Ferguson's attention.

Modric was at the centre of a summer transfer window scuffle between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, before finally opting to stay in north London.

Gaitan meanwhile, who made five assists in the Champions League group stage, including against United, has been linked with a move to the Premier League champions, and their near-neighbours Manchester City.

However, the success of previous Eredivisie recruits, Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Jaap Stam, means Ferguson is unlikely to shy away from bringing in Eriksen despite still being in his early years.

“The standard of Dutch football is always good,” he said. “The Dutch people will tell you the problem is they always want to leave.

“That’s unfortunately the way it is with Dutch teams, but it is to their credit that keep producing new ones.”

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