Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen’s suitors increase by the day. If recent reports are to be believed, Bayern Munich have entered the fray.
According to football consultant Ian McGarry, Spurs have a real fight on their hands to keep hold of the Dane. The midfielder, who is out of a contract at the end of next season, has the grapevine buzzing with all sorts of transfer rumours.
While reports have detailed Real Madrid’s interest in the Tottenham player, Barcelona has also been keeping a tab. However, doubts persist over Eriksen’s final destination. With Frenkie de Jong’s summer transfer to Barcelona and Madrid pursuing Paul Pogba, McGarry believes that Eriksen’s options are limited. The midfielder has previously shown an inclination to play in Spain but much of it depends on whether Pogba remains in Manchester or not.
Speaking to The Transfer Window Podcast, McGarry gave the low-down on recent developments regarding Eriksen’s future:
“His contract situation is that he is out of contract a year this summer. He has so far failed to renegotiate an extension to that.
“The problem that Spurs have, which a problem they always have, with a player that once he gets into his late twenties is that the player himself wants to be paid his market value and Spurs as we know have a very structured and policed wages structure in terms of what they’re prepared to pay.
“Harry Kane is currently their highest earner but earns under £200,000 a week so when you look in comparison to the Premier League teams – Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City – Eriksen could easily demand £250,000 if not more.
“One of the problems for Eriksen has been the fact that options have been limited by moves in the transfer market for other players in his positions.
“Eriksen and Bayern Munich is a good fit. I think it’s a club that would suit Eriksen’s style of play but, and I do stress this, it would be important to him if he could get a move to Spain but those options may well be limited unless Atletico Madrid come into the frame and I’m told they aren’t looking to recruit in central midfield.”
Fox Sports Probability Rating: 2.5/5; McGarry has quite accurately assessed the Eriksen situation. His move to Real Madrid hinges on Pogba’s future at United. Given Eriksen’s preference to play in Spain, it seems unlikely that he will leave Tottenham (the bloke has said as much) but no harm in Bayern sniffing around the North London boondocks, or what one wishes was a boondock.