It’s the new year and the transfer window is fully underway. Clubs are already progressing deals and negotiations and we can be sure that a lot more business will be taking place right up to the deadline. One player that has generated significant interest from clubs across Europe is Inter Milan bench warmer Christian Eriksen.
A long way from his consistent performances at Tottenham over six seasons, four of which included 20+ goal involvements for the club, Eriksen has struggled to get game time under Conte and has only made the starting 11 in a quarter of Inter’s games so far this season. Inter Milan have now placed Eriksen on the transfer list and CEO Giuseppe Marotta is confident he will leave in January. Since then, there has been no shortage in the number of potential suitors.
The easiest way to shift Eriksen out would be via a loan spell and a couple of clubs are interested in this option; one of which is vastly improved Aston Villa. There have been rumours that the Villans could look to further strengthen their midfield options and see Eriksen as being a good partner for Jack Grealish. However, Villa are likely to prioritise strengthening other areas in the team to help continue their strong start to the season so a move to Birmingham seems an unlikely one.
Another club interested in a loan option is Spanish outfit Valencia. The club would not be able to purchase Eriksen outright due to their financial difficulties so would seek a loan move and ask Inter to cover some of Eriksen’s substantial £260k a week wages as part of a deal. The Bats see him as a good addition and with the club currently struggling in La Liga in 17th place, Eriksen would provide some much-needed quality in midfield.
Two other clubs that have expressed an interest in getting Eriksen to join on loan are no strangers to the player. Both Tottenham and Ajax, who are performing well in the Premier League and Eredivisie this season respectively, have looked at bringing back the creative midfielder to their ranks although both moves may have their potential snagging points. Eriksen’s agent, Martin Schoots, was in contact with Ajax about a deal for the player but talks haven’t yet opened and the Dutch giants are said to have lowered their interest and are now considering other targets. With Tottenham, a potential move looks like it would be difficult to structure and the Dane’s wages could again be a problem with Inter having to cover a proportion if he was to leave. Mourinho would like to see the player return to North London but it would appear that Dele Alli would have to leave Tottenham before a deal would be sanctioned. Alternatively, Spurs could look to cut short Gareth Bale’s loan deal from Madrid and opt to bring Eriksen back to White Hart Lane in his place. Therefore, a return to Spurs seems difficult but possible.
However, despite substantial loan interest in Eriksen, Inter Milan are holding out for a permanent move for the player and only intend to let him leave on loan if no buyer can be found in this window.
The main permanent destination for Eriksen in this window would appear to be with his old manager Mauricio Pochettino at French giants Paris Saint Germain. Since Pochettino took the job at PSG there has been a lot of talk about old Tottenham players linking back up with Pochettino and Eriksen is top of this list.
Eriksen hit the peak of his performances whilst at Tottenham under Pochettino and was a key cog in the Argentine’s 293 games in charge of Spurs. In his 305 total games for Tottenham, Eriksen was able to contribute 69 goals and 89 assists to the team and this is something that the PSG board will consider if Eriksen was to re-establish his relationship with Pochettino. Both Rafinha and Draxler have flattered to deceive in Paris and so finding a creative midfield partner for Marco Verratti is likely to be one of Pochettino’s top priorities. Eriksen would certainly fit this bill and could provide the spark to help fire the team back to the top of the Ligue 1 table.
Inter Milan are said to be looking for a fee in the region of £22.5m for Eriksen to leave the club this window. Based on his performances so far this season, we currently value Eriksen at £68.95m due to his vast experience at the top level of continental and international football. This is significantly higher than his current asking price and shows just how far the Dane’s stock has fallen over the past year.
In conclusion, a clean break for both Inter and Eriksen would appear to be the best option for both parties and hopefully a January move would see the midfielder quickly return to his very best. With his vast experience and undeniable quality, any purchase of Eriksen would surely prove to be a shrewd acquisition. Furthermore, with Pochettino now at the helm in Paris, a move to PSG for Eriksen could be a match made in heaven.