Let’s get weird, shall we?
There’s been a lot of smoke around a possible deal to bring Christian Eriksen back to north London for a couple of months now, and while Inter Milan have been hoping for a few clubs to show interest, it’s clear now that Tottenham Hotspur are the only ones truly interested. According to both Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport (both via Sport Witness), there’s nothing concrete just yet but Spurs have at least been in contact with the Serie A club regarding the midfielder.
The former explain ‘Inter will let Christian Eriksen leave before the end of the window only with a paid loan or a full transfer’, and the ‘only club’ who ‘keep sending some signals are Tottenham’.
Corriere dello Sport corroborate this, explain that an intermediary has been offering the playmaker around the Premier League ‘for weeks’, and while nothing concrete has arrived, ‘a few signals’ have, ‘especially from Tottenham’.
This is pretty straight-forward: Inter want to get paid in some way. I cannot see Spurs paying for a full transfer considering he was sold just twelve months ago. A loan deal, however, isn’t a crazy prospect and it becomes more of a possibility if Dele Alli leaves on loan to Paris Saint-Germain.
Eriksen’s time in Italy has been an unmitigated disaster. Sold for a total fee of £24m, Eriksen made 17 appearances last season, playing 700 minutes. He only scored one goal and notched two assists in that time while it became clear that manager Antonio Conte was having trouble fitting him into the side. This season, it’s clear that Conte doesn’t rate him as Eriksen has played just 294 league minutes and 513 minutes overall. Considering Eriksen’s wages are over £225k/week, Inter would love to dump his salary...and that’s where the problems start for a move to Spurs.
Daniel Levy has said Spurs are healthy but they do need matchday revenue to return sooner rather than later, and that’s true for basically every club. Signing Eriksen, even on a loan deal, drives the wage bill up to a point that he may not be comfortable with. Loaning out Dele would help, but his wages are half of what Eriksen makes.
Even through all the issues and unsettling in Eriksen’s final season at Tottenham, Mourinho played him until the very end. While Mourinho hasn’t made any direct comments on the situation, I think it’s safe to say he’d welcome Eriksen back into the mix so long as Levy gave his vote of approval. With eleven days left in the transfer window, there’s a lot of time for something to happen but it does require a domino or two to fall.