The European transfer window officially closes on September 2, and while the rumors regarding Eriksen have been relatively cold, there’s still a chance that the club sells him to one of the continental giants before then. Spurs, however, are going to make one more attempt at re-signing the Danish International to a lucrative contract instead of selling him, according to Miguel Delaney at The Independent.
The 27-year-old’s current contract runs out next year and he had been hoping for a lifestyle change this summer, with Real Madrid his clear preference.
This has been the story throughout the summer: Eriksen spoke with press not long after the Champions League Final and said he’d like a new challenge, but never ruled out staying with Tottenham. Most supporters, myself included, resigned themselves to the belief that he’d be gone sooner rather than later. After all, a player of his quality is going to garner interest, right?
That hasn’t happened, of course. It’s bizarre to say that all of the dominoes have fallen Spurs’ way this summer with their transfer business. Buying not just Tanguy Ndombele but Giovani Lo Celso is arguably the biggest coup of the summer. Adding in Ryan Sessegnon and Jack Clarke as a lottery ticket meant Spurs did some amazing business, even if they fell short on Paulo Dybala. Eriksen, however, has garnered little interest from the teams he thought would be tripping over themselves to get his signature.
Real Madrid, who have spent £285m so far this summer on the likes of Eden Hazard and company, still have their sights set on Paul Pogba, though that deal is not looking probably now that the English purchasing window is closed. Instead, they’re going to look at doing an insane bit of business by prying Neymar away from Paris Saint-Germain. Both Marca and Sport have the story, so there’s definitely something going on. This could start a domino effect that sees Neymar head to Madrid, Dybala go to Paris and Mario Icardi go to Turin.
If all of those things actually happen, then Eriksen’s potential landing spots are basically gone. A deal for Neymar is going to be at least, conservatively, €125m and probably a hell of a lot more, which will put Real Madrid on the fast path to purchasing close to €500m in players this summer. Juventus have spent a ton as well, and bringing in Icardi will put their budget in a stranglehold. The only feasible option at that point in time would be Bayern Munich, and there hasn’t been a shred of evidence linking Eriksen to them.
Eriksen wants to get paid, and rightfully so. He’s earned his payoff after his time in Tottenham, but it’s clear he also wants to try his luck at a mega club. Maybe a deal where he gets his payoff but putting in a “Real Madrid” release clause in case the Spanish giants change their mind could get the deal done. It’s still quite possible he decides to just run down his contract and leaves on a free transfer next summer after seeing Aaron Ramsey get paid the GDP of a small island nation by Juventus.
In the end, this is going to boil down to Eriksen. If Spurs put another contract in front of him that pays him well, I think he might opt to stay. I truly hope he does, because with him, this team is absolutely loaded and turns this transfer window into A+ business.