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Tottenham Hotspur run the risk of missing out on a January sale of Christian Eriksen because of Daniel Levy.
A report from Corriere dello Sport, transcribed by Sport Witness, states that Inter Milan are interested in signing the Denmark international.
The report states that Inter want to convince the north London club to part with the Dane in the winter transfer window and that contact has already been initiated with the player’s agents.
However, Sport Witness claims that they state “it appears the request was very high”, suggesting that Levy continues to hold out for a significant figure to let the 27-year-old go.
This is a player whose contract expires at the end of the season and who will be available for nothing in the summer. He could even agree a departure to a foreign club in January by signing a pre-contract agreement. Spurs aren’t able to stop that from happening.
As such, Levy holds some power here. He can demand a fee, he can recoup one and he can reinvest it into Jose Mourinho’s team. Or he can drag his heels, place a ridiculous asking price on Eriksen’s head and scare off any potential buyers.
At this stage, the latter appears the more likely outcome.
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As such, it feels like Levy is playing with fire here.
It is better for Spurs that Eriksen is sold, that the albatross around their neck is removed and that they move on.
But, as it is, that appears mightily unlikely, particularly if their chairman continues to be such a stickler in the transfer window.
Instead of receiving anything in return for his signature, Spurs are more likely to see Eriksen head off into the sunset without a single penny landing in their coffers.
Should that happen, fingers can only be pointed at Levy, and rightly so too.
Meanwhile, one Spurs ace could become unstoppable under Jose Mourinho.