We are six days from the close of the European transfer window, and while there’s been a constant susurrus of talk in the background, we are still no further to a complete understanding of what the hell Tottenham Hotspur is going to do with Christian Eriksen.
There’s an article in the Guardian today that provides an update, but little clarity, on the statuses of Eriksen and right back Serge Aurier. If you’re looking for clear plans, look elsewhere, but it’s something. Essentially, talks have broken down between Daniel Levy and Eriksen’s agent, Martin Schoots, over his future. It’s mostly just confirming what we already know: Schoots and Eriksen aren’t willing to sign a contract extension at Spurs, but aren’t getting the attention they want from Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, or Juventus either. Eriksen is stuck, and so are Spurs, with neither side moving.
Spurs want clarity one way or the other — the worst thing that can happen financially is that Eriksen sees out his one year remaining at Spurs and walks on a Bosman next summer — but it sure doesn’t appear that there’s anyone serious about buying Eriksen at a price that would be acceptable to Levy. The Guardian suggests all of the uncertainty around Eriksen is producing a destabilizing effect on the team, something hinted at by Mauricio Pochettino.
Meanwhile, Aurier is set to be left out of this weekend’s North London Derby against Arsenal, and there’s still the chance that he could be sold before the window closes on Monday. He is currently Spurs’ only healthy natural right back, so it’s somewhat telling that with Kyle Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth both injured Pochettino will look elsewhere in the team to fill the role against the Gunners.
A lot can happen in the last few days of the transfer window, as we know, so there’s still a chance that both Eriksen and Aurier could be sold before it’s all said and done. However, nothing looks imminent or certain at this point in time.