Marcel Brands can take Carlo Ancelotti’s midfield unit to another level with the addition of Inter Milan outcast and rumoured Everton target Christian Eriksen in the January transfer window.
According to La Stampa, via Sempre Inter, the Goodison Park natives and Arsenal have each approached Inter to discuss a potential mid-season loan for the Denmark international.
The Nerazzurri are open to sending Eriksen out on loan in the winter market after an underwhelming start to the campaign, with the 28-year-old without a goal or an assist in any competition after 12 appearances.
Antonio Conte has rarely favoured Eriksen this term and last called on the former Tottenham Hotspur playmaker to feature in a Serie A fixture in mid-December, with the £31.5m-rated maestro an unused member of Inter’s last four matches and starting just four league games all season.
Eriksen will be granted permission to leave the San Siro until the end of the season on the prevision that his £229,000-per-week contract is covered in full, and has also been linked with a potential spell with Paris Saint-Germain as Mauricio Pochettino strives to secure a reunion following their time in north London.
Brands agreeing a deal with Inter to sign Eriksen on loan and cover his mammoth wages for the remainder of the season would see Everton’s Director of Football acquire an ideal upgrade on Gylfi Sigurdsson for Ancelotti.
Sigurdsson has impressed over the festive period after stepping up in the absence of James Rodriguez, so much so that reports suggest the Iceland international may now be offered a new contract despite being linked with an uncertain future just weeks ago.
But Eriksen could force Sigurdsson to slip back into the fringes, as the Inter Milan outcast proved throughout his time with Tottenham that he can operate at a level few Premier League midfielders could reach.
In his last full season in the English top-flight, Eriksen offered eight goals and 12 assists despite recording one fewer key passes, nine fewer shots and playing 362 fewer minutes than Sigurdsson as the Everton ace registered a Toffees career-high 13 goals and six assists, per WhoScored.
“Eriksen is the complete midfielder, as he can play both wide and in a deeper role. I see him very similar to Pirlo, so he could also play in front of the defence. He can see the passing lines, can shoot from distance too,” Ancelotti told Radio Deejay, via quotes by Football Italia.