Tottenham are resigned to losing key playmaker Christian Eriksen for a cut-price transfer fee in the region of £25m this January with La Liga leaders Real Madrid among the interested suitors lurking amid his expiring contract, according to reports.
Eriksen has less than a year remaining on his existing Spurs contract and with the player himself unwilling to commit to a new deal, they risk losing him on a free next summer instead.
This is something they knew going into the summer window and although reluctant to let the Denmark international go, Tottenham prepared for his departure – provided his rumoured suitors made suitable offers. Manchester United, PSG and Juventus were all linked but as the summer months continued, Madrid rivals Atletico and Real emerged as probable destinations.
After comments in June proved he was eager for a change following six years in north London, nothing materialised while he returned to first-team training as usual, despite a reduced role once the Premier League campaign began.
Eriksen had this to say, to Danish media in early June: “I feel that I am at a stage of my career where I would like to try something new. I have the deepest respect for everything that is happening at Tottenham, it would not be something negative to stay but I have also said I would like to try something new.
I hope something will be decided this summer, that is the plan. In football you never know when there could be a decision like that, it could be at any point. The best thing is always for it to happen quickly, but in football things take time.”
He actively namecalled Real Madrid, revealing they would be a “step-up” in quality but also refused to be swayed by transfer speculation – stressing the importance of receiving formal bids, not just the usual rumours and reported interest.
At a time where Mauricio Pochettino looked to bolster his first-team options, word of Eriksen’s developing situation wouldn’t have come as welcome news. Just days had passed since their 2-0 Champions League Final defeat by Liverpool and with critics suggesting this current crop has reached their peak, it was unsurprising to see another important player courting a move.
Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld are also out of contract in 2020, while Danny Rose, Serge Aurier and Victor Wanyama were all nearly sold this past summer. Despite their poor start across all competitions, Eriksen insisted questions over his future haven’t affected the team:
“It doesn’t matter at all, everyone is professional and in all clubs there is talk of players going away. That side of the matter has no bearing on how we have performed so far this season. If I, as a football player, took all the rumours to me, I would float on a cloud. But I know that it can’t all be true. What is written doesn’t affect me.”
Eriksen has made 11 appearances (all comps) this term for Spurs, which include featuring in all eight of their 19/20 Premier League matches (five starts) to date.
He has one goal and an assist during that time, having played in a handful of different roles – from central to more attacking midfield roles, as well as being shifted out into a left-sided wing position too. Nonetheless, he’s completed 15 key passes with an average 81.1% pass completion rate to boot.
Currently on international duty with Denmark, they face an important Euro 2020 qualifier against Switzerland today before entertaining Luxembourg in a friendly on Tuesday.