According to The Times, Everton have now submitted an official offer to sign the out-of-contract attacking midfielder.
As per the report, Eriksen has a whole host of offers from a number of Premier League clubs, with Newcastle United, Everton, Leicester City and current club Brentford all named.
Fabrizio Romano also tweeted on Sunday afternoon that the midfielder will make a decision on his future in the coming days and hours: “Christian Eriksen’s decision on future club now finally getting closer. He’s gonna communicate with his agent in the next hours/days to make a final decision.”
If the powers at Goodison Park could pull off the signing of Eriksen this summer, it would be a major coup for the Toffees as the Danish midfielder has proven several times that he is a top-quality player and demonstrated that yet again during his six-month contract at Brentford.
The Bees had just one win in eleven games before Eriksen was brought into the team, before the £24k-per-week maestro played his first full 90-minute Premier League game against Norwich City and Thomas Frank’s side then went on to win the next five games on the bounce when the midfielder played.
In fact, Brentford only lost twice in the 10 games in which the former Spurs star featured from the off, and lost once again when he wasn’t in the squad, proving that he really was the key difference in their team, scoring one goal and delivering four assists in total.
The 30-year-old has been the recipient of high praise, as Jamie Redknapp hailed the Denmark international “exceptional” whilst appearing as a pundit on Sky Sports during Brentford’s draw with Spurs:
“He was exceptional again. Since he came to Brentford, he’s been magnificent in that area. Spurs gave him so much space, there was almost too much respect for him. He was just picking passes out, he’s a magician.”
Everton are desperate to identify players that can make an instant impact to get off to a good start next season following a disastrous relegation scrap in their last Premier League campaign, and Lampard could have his very own Kevin De Bruyne on his hands if they can sign the £18m-rated Eriksen this summer.
According to FBref, the Man City star is the second most comparable player to the Brentford star and, despite Eriksen playing 19 fewer league games, there are some close comparisons to be drawn.
De Bruyne had a 75.5% pass completion rate, whilst Eriksen had 74.4%, although the latter had a better pass completion on both long (60.9%) and medium (81.8%) passes.
Again, the pair were close in their goal-creating actions last season too, with Eriksen just leading the Belgian midfielder’s 0.57 to 0.67 GCA per 90 minutes.
With that being said, Farhad Moshiri must do everything he can to tempt the midfielder with a move to Merseyside this summer, as he would be a major asset to the Toffees if he can emulate the impact he has had on Brentford.