The most depressing transfer saga of January looks to be nearing its final stanza.
Christian Eriksen will travel to Milan and have a medical early next week before completing a move to Internazionale after the Serie A club agreed a €20m (£16.7m) fee with Tottenham for the attacking midfielder.
For a player that was set to be out of contract this summer, that’s an impressive get for Daniel Levy. We don’t know what the structure of the fee is but it’s been rumored there’s a base fee plus add-ons based on performance.
As for Eriksen, he is getting paid:
Inter offered €15m plus add-ons at the beginning of this week but when the clubs met on Friday they struck a deal. The Dane has accepted a four-and-a-half-year contract worth a basic £260,000 a week that could rise to £320,000 with add-ons.
That’s a hell of a contract for Christian Eriksen, especially with the tax law in Italy. Inter are pushing to win the Scudetto and are in a dogfight with Juventus for the top of Serie A.
We’ll save the goodbye portion of this when the clubs announce the deal, but it goes without saying that this is one of the most bittersweet departures in a long time. This also leaves Erik Lamela as the only remaining player from the Bale Seven summer of 2013.