Losing Eriksen at this stage would send Tottenham Hotspur backwards

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen would force a move to Barcelona if the Catalan giants come calling, according to Don Balon.

What’s the word?

Spurs fans would have breathed a sigh of relief when manager Mauricio Pochettino signed a new contract.

That sense of stability is a good start heading into the summer transfer window, but news has emerged that could concern sections of the fanbase.

According to Spanish publication Don Balon, Barcelona will try to swoop for Eriksen if they fail to land Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.

The report adds that if the La Liga giants make a move, the Spurs midfielder will try to force a transfer.

Eriksen has been part of the North London outfit’s progress since 2013 when he joined from Ajax.

Can Tottenham afford to lose him?

In short, no. The club are entering a crucial period as they prepare to take that next step by moving into a brand new state-of-the-art stadium.

If Spurs want to launch regular title challenges, they need the personnel that can perform on a consistently strong basis.

Eriksen is certainly one of those players that has been vital for Pochettino, particularly last season.

The Denmark international, who is valued at £72m by Transfermarkt, scored 14 goals and created 11 assists in all competitions.

Eriksen should be one of the players that Pochettino builds around, not replaces, but in this day and age, when a footballer is determined to leave, not much can be done to stop him.