Louis van Gaal’s record in the transfer market during his two-year spell with Manchester United was neither fantastic nor terrible.
He made a couple of very good signings - Anthony Martial, in particular - while others, such as Argentina international Angel di Maria, flopped spectacularly under his management.
According to Tom Allnutt - a journalist with the Press Association - Van Gaal was planning for next season and wanted to sign one of the Premier League’s best playmakers, Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, in time for the 2016-17 campaign.
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“Interesting LVG snidbit,” he tweeted this week. “Told #thfc's Christian Eriksen was very high on Van Gaal's wishlist if he had stayed at #mufc this summer.”
However, Van Gaal was sacked on Monday morning and, unless Jose Mourinho wants to sign the Denmark international, Eriksen will not be coming to Old Trafford.
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Spurs set to increase Eriksen's wages
The 24-year-old may have been open to a move to United, if only to increase his wages.
According to The Sun, Eriksen currently earns a relatively modest £30,000-a-week at White Hart Lane.
However, Spurs have been in negotiations with the Dane over a contract extension and hope to make an announcement over a new deal soon.
Champions League football is factor for Eriksen
Allnutt, in a later tweet, added that Champions League football was a big factor for Eriksen.
United will not be competing in Europe’s premier club competition next season after finishing fifth in the Premier League table, two places behind Tottenham, who have qualified for the 2016-17 Champions League campaign.
Even if United had qualified for the Champions League, though, their chances of signing Eriksen would have been slim at best.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is famous for driving a hard bargain when it comes to selling his players and would have told the Red Devils to offer a king’s ransom in order to begin talks with the attacking midfielder.
Mourinho's transfer targets
Eriksen has not been named as one of Mourinho’s potential transfer targets as yet.
The Guardian claimed earlier this week that André Gomes, João Mário, John Stones, Álvaro Morata, Mauro Icardi and Ezequiel Garay are all on the Portuguese coach’s wish-list.
Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez has also been linked with a summer move to Old Trafford, but it’s understood Mourinho has reservations over the Colombia international and that particular transfer is unlikely to happen.
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