Erik ten Hag is keen to bolster his midfield options this summer after the likes of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata departed Old Trafford at the end of last season.
Frenkie de Jong has emerged as a major target for United and the club is still trying to agree a deal with Barcelona, who values the Dutch midfielder at around €100m.
But Ten Hag wants to welcome more than one midfielder into his squad this summer and has identified Eriksen as another key target.
Eriksen, 30, suffered cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 but returned to the Premier League last season, impressing Brentford and helping Thomas Frank’s side climb to the table after arriving in January.
The Denmark international made over 300 appearances for Spurs before leaving North London in 2019 and was a key player in Spurs’ drive to the Champions League final.
Brentford, keen to establish themselves as a Premier League club, wants to sign Eriksen on a permanent transfer but Manchester United are leading the race, according to the Daily Star.
United are expected to face fierce competition from Tottenham in the race to sign Eriksen but Antonio Conte is said to have blocked the deal.
Tottenham completed a £30m deal for Brighton midfielder Yves Bisoma last week and are believed to be focusing on other areas.
Earlier this week, Manchester United champion Gary Pallister urged his former club to sign Eriksen and said it was a “no brainer” deal.
‘I think it would make no sense if they could get their hands on it,’ said Pallister. Metro.co.uk On behalf of betting bonuses.
“I hope all his medical issues are addressed, we saw in his role with Brentford last season that he still has amazing ability and on the free transfer it just takes no brainer.
‘She wonders how you’ll work with Bruno Fernandes at the club but that’s for Eric ten Hag (to sort). But I don’t think you can have so many great players on the team.
“It gives you options, helps with injuries if this becomes an issue and when you have someone of Eriksen’s class… I’d like to see that deal done as well.”
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