30 year old target considering offers on table from Everton and Manchester United

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Everton are hoping to solve their chance creation problem this summer by targeting a player who can operate as a playmaker as well as lay deep and run the game. Christian Eriksen is capable of executing that role with alarming ease.

Signing Eriksen was going to be an easy job. The 30 year old is set to become a free agent after his short term deal with Brentford expires at the end of June. The Danish playmaker featured in 11 games for the Bees, scoring once and assisting four goals. Eriksen was one of the best players in Thomas Frank’s side, orchestrating the team’s play from midfield.

In an ideal world, Everton wouldn’t stand a chance to land Eriksen amid competition from Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur, simply because they can offer European football and Everton cannot. However, the 30 year old has stated that Champions League football isn’t necessarily a criterion for choosing the next club.

That has kept the likes of Everton, Brentford and Leicester City in the mix. Frank Lampard is looking for a deep lying ball carrying playmaker and Eriksen is transforming into one. At one point it seemed that Everton are out of the race for Eriksen but latest headlines suggest otherwise.

Christian Eriksen is studying offers from Everton and other clubs

According to The Times, the Dane is considering offers from a number of sides, including Everton’s offer. Manchester United have already made a financially lucrative offer to Eriksen. Brentford, Newcastle United and Leicester have also tabled an offer for the Denmark international.

Eriksen once used to operate as an advanced playmaker constantly making his presence felt around the opposition goal area but at Brentford, he has transformed into a deep lying playmaker who likes to dictate play and rotate the ball. His passing into the final third is sharp and mostly error-free, allowing him to thread defence splitting balls from his own half.

Eriksen has been phenomenal in that role as he is on the ball more and can pull the strings. Everton desperately need such a midfielder in their roster. Lampard brought Donny van de Beek on loan so that the Dutchman can execute the role of a deep lying playmaker but injuries towards the business end of the season meant that the Toffees were deprived of watching Van de Beek create magic from midfield.

Lampard wants to replicate such a signing through Eriksen. The competition is fierce and only time will tell if Eriksen does end up signing for Everton or not, though at the moment, getting hopes up would not be a rational choice.

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