Christian Eriksen Creates A Sticky Situation
By Dan Tracey
Just days after Tottenham suffered defeat in last season’s Champions League final, the club were then dealt something of a hammer blow and one that came in the way of Christian Eriksen announcing his intention to leave North London.
The Danish midfield maestro stated that he felt now was time to move to a bigger club and that bigger club was none other than Real Madrid, which in fairness is not the news that Tottenham fans would have wanted to hear.
Now usually when Los Blancos come calling, a move to the Spanish capital is not all that far away. However, that call is yet to be received by the 27-year-old and this has created a rather sticky situation in the N17 postcode.
That’s because with Real Madrid once again looking to revive their Galactico approach to transfers, they are aiming to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United and when you consider Eden Hazard has joined their ranks already, there doesn’t look to be any more space left in terms of big-name personnel.
Therefore, Tottenham’s key midfielder is left in limbo and although him staying put would undoubtedly be welcomed by his manager Mauricio Pochettino, the same might not be said about club chairman Daniel Levy.
The reason being that Eriksen’s contract runs out at the end of the 2019/20 campaign and as things stand, the former Ajax man looks set to wind down his deal and then be available on a Bosman free transfer next June.
This is not music to the ears of Levy, especially when he was asking for somewhere north of £100m when initial enquiries were made by Real Madrid – a value that is further decreasing as the length of his contract shortens.
That means both he and his agent seem to hold all the aces in terms of the Dane’s future at Tottenham and if his current Premier League stint is to continue, then the holder of Spurs’ purse strings will have to offer a sizeable increase on his weekly wage.
At the same time, the man in question has stated that he is not going to cause any trouble for as long as he is under the tutelage of Pochettino and although that is commendable, there is arguably too much value tied up in such a quality player.
Quite simply, you have to ask yourselves whether Tottenham can afford to let such a highly valued player walk out of the door for free in a year’s time? A question that in all fairness, can be easily answered.
With one of their key assets having their head turned, it does make for a very interesting set of events and whisper it quietly, it might make more sense to sell Christian Eriksen in the summer transfer window and cash in while they still can.
The only problem is, they now need Real Madrid to make that long awaited phone call and if the Spanish giants have any sense, they will wait until January. Should that be the case, Eriksen and his agent will be more than happy to start discussing a potential free transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu.