As per a report from Sky Italia, Tottenham are prepared to allow wantaway midfielder Christian Eriksen to depart the club over the coming weeks, to ensure that they don’t lose him for nothing come the summer.
Danish international Eriksen has been on the books of Spurs for 6-and-a-half years now, having made the move to the English capital from Dutch giants Ajax in 2013.
And the 27-year-old has since gone on to establish himself not only as one of Tottenham’s key figures, but also as one of the most highly-regarded midfielders in England.
The last 4 Premier League campaigns combined, including last season, saw Eriksen directly contribute to a hugely-impressive 83 goals.
Eriksen’s contract talks
However, despite his crucial role in Spurs’ midfield ranks, and the club’s best efforts, to this point, Eriksen has refused to put pen-to-paper on a new deal in north London.
The 94-time capped international’s current contract is set to expire in 6 months’ time.
‘Try something new’
As such, Eriksen’s contract standoff inevitably saw rumours mount that the Dane was set for a departure from the English capital this past summer.
Eriksen himself did little to play down the speculation surrounding his future back in June, when the midfielder admitted that he was keen on seeking out a new challenge.
Speaking in an interview with Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet, Eriksen explained:
‘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 and it would not be something negative to stay. But I have also said that I would like to try something new.’
‘I hope that 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.’
Spurs ready to sell
In the end, however, none of the multiple outfits touted as potential destinations for the Spurs man opted to make a concrete move for his signature.
As such, Eriksen was forced to stay put.
The early months of the new season, though, have seen the 27-year-old often singled out for heavy criticism.
Many feel as though Eriksen is no longer giving his all for the Tottenham jersey, in anticipation of an imminent departure.
And, as per the aforementioned update from Sky Italia, this looks set to see the Dane moved on this month.
It is claimed that those in charge at Spurs have come to the collective decision to sell their midfield star in January, rather than lose him for nothing in the summer.
It is also suggested that the Lilywhites are no longer seeking out a hefty sum, but rather just €20 million.
Eriksen is unsurprisingly not thought to be short on suitors, with all of Real Madrid, PSG and Inter Milan reportedly vying for his signature.