Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen is reportedly set to join Inter Milan after the Italian side ‘won the race to sign him’, FutballNews understands.
It is understood that Eriksen is unwilling to commit his future to the club and is seeking to depart Spurs when his contract expires in June or before that. Antonio Conte’s side will now wait to sign the Dane, who is out of contract at the end of this season.
Inter, like other clubs interested in signing the midfielder, are hesitant of paying a £25million fee for him this month when he will be free in six months. It is understood that Conte is a big fan of the midfielder’s talents and Inter’s directors have already begun contacts with Eriksen’s agents, with a view of taking to SanSiro thi month.
And according to Gianluca Di Marzio, Spurs be willing to part with the Danish international for a fee of €20m, which they deem a fair valuation given the length of his contract remaining. Conte would prefer to make immediate additions to his squad, as he looks to end Juventus’ run of eight successive Scudetto.
However, acording to Danish media outlet Ekstra Bladet, Inter will pay Tottenham £20million in January in order to sign Eriksen and fend off other competitiors from prizing away the Dane.
Eriksen announced earlier this summer after Tottenham’s Champions League final defeat to Liverpool that he wants to leave Spurs and try a new challenge. His annoucement attracted interest from top European clubs like Paris-Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Juventus and Real Madrid.
He said: “I feel that I am at a place in my career where I might want to try something new,’
“I have the wildest and deepest respect for everything that has happened in Tottenham, nor will it be negative. But I have also said that I would like to try something new.”
Spurs manager Jose Mourinho had previously said that the Dane has made up his mind to leave the club and he is not on his agenda but has worked his way back into Jose Mourinho’s plans, starting their last two games.
Mourinho said earlier this week: ‘I think I know his future because his communication with me is completely open and honest and we trust each other.
“The only thing I can tell you is that I know his future but I am not going to be the one to speak about his future.
“It has to be him to speak about his future when he makes the decision to speak about his future, not me.”