So we know that Christian Eriksen is leaving Tottenham Hotspur one way or the other. The only question that remains is whether Spurs can foist him off this month, and if so how much they can get for him to leave now.
Eriksen has agreed personal terms with Inter Milan, a four year “deal in principle” worth £100k/wk after taxes, but that wouldn’t take effect until this summer when his Spurs contract expires. Tottenham are more than willing to let him go his month, so long as they can get something close to their £25m valuation.
Enter Paris St. Germain. According to the Independent, PSG has said they’re willing to pay the full £25m to bring him to Paris this month, but Eriksen and his representatives are apparently cool on the idea out of concerns “he will get sufficient gametime at the Parc des Princes.”
There’s probably a fair bit of truth in that — PSG have a wealth of midfield and attacking midfield talent that operate in the same or similar roles to Eriksen including Julian Draxler, Marco Verratti, Leandro Paredes, Angel di Maria, and (of course) Kylan Mbappe. It’s not clear whether Eriksen would be a lock to get significant minutes in their lineup were he to join, especially considering his overall pretty bad form at Spurs this season. On the one hand you can understand his hesitation to move to a club where he’s not guaranteed minutes, even if they’re among the best in the world and regular Champions League competitors.
On the other hand, speaking as a fan — holy farging crapsticks, JUST GO. If true, that’s more than we should reasonably expect to receive for Eriksen this month; the same Independent report says that Inter have submitted a “derisory” £8m bid for him this month, and if the alternative is to keep him around and unhappy for another five months and then leave for nothing, then Spurs should take that offer. I would bite off someone else’s arm at the elbow for £25m this month (not my arm, I’m quite fond of it).
Players should not be expected to take a transfer that they don’t want just so that their current club gets a larger fee. I understand that and if Eriksen doesn’t want to go to Paris because he doesn’t think he’ll get enough game time that’s a perfectly reasonable position to take. He possesses all the leverage, after all. But that also won’t stop me from groaning quite a bit if we end up getting £8m — or less! — for him when he does leave.