United face battle with Milan for Ajax starlet

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AC Milan have become the latest team to declare their interest in snapping up hot European prospect Christian Eriksen, according to talkSPORT.


Eriksen is one of the most in-demand youngsters in European football and is the subject of interest from Manchester United as well as Italian giants Juventus and Roma.


The 20-year-old has previously stated his desire to remain with Ajax for another season in order to develop his talent before moving on to one of his larger suitors, while the Eredivisie champions are said to have held firm amidst interest from the Red Devils during the January transfer window.


Now talkSPORT report that Milan have entered the race for Eriksen’s signature and are preparing to firm up their offer after the European Championships this summer.


It is reported that Ajax rejected all bids in January with one eye on Euro 2012, with the hope of using the tournament as means to boost his value for teams impressed with his performances.


The Italian club are hoping to assess their options, although they could be frightened off if Eriksen’s price is sent through the roof by a successful tournament for the Danish international.


Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was said to be keeping a close eye on the talented youngster when his side took on Ajax in the Europa League and was reportedly impressed with what he saw, especially in the away leg where Ajax ran out 2-1 winners.


United are long-term admirers of Eriksen, whois contracted with Ajax until 2014, and news of Milan’s interest will not only lessen their chances of attracting him to Old Trafford but also increase his price drastically, something Ferguson is said to be wary of.

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