Christian Eriksen has not yet been the subject of a bid from Inter Milan despite their interest in the Tottenham Hotspur playmaker, per the Italian club’s chief executive Beppe Marotta, via Sky Sports.
The Denmark international’s contract expires at the end of the season and he will be available on a free transfer in the summer.
However, Marotta has confirmed that Inter are interested in securing his signature, following reports stating that they could be willing to pay a fee to acquire him this month.
The Serie A giants, though, are yet to enter into negotiations over any possible deal in the January window.
Marotta told Sky in Italy, via Sky Sports: “Often important players are approached to us.
“Eriksen is an excellent player whose contract expires in June and we have had no contact with Tottenham.
“I still believe that there are many teams interested in him and we have not started any kind of negotiations.
“I simply say that he is an important and interesting player. We are looking for a midfielder and a winger. We are having several contacts with companies and agents to try to improve this group.
“We have not yet reached a conclusion because we want to do everything very calmly to keep the goal bar always high.”
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This is not ideal for Spurs.
Reports earlier this week claimed that a fee could be paid by the Serie A club but Marotta’s quotes don’t exactly indicate that they are heavily interested in signing him.
It seems as though they could well wait until the summer to bring him in, though that would mean beating a number of other clubs to the punch.
It is a high-stakes game that the Italian club are playing and, while Spurs could well offer Eriksen, who is valued at £81m by Transfermarkt, to them and flutter their eyelashes in the hope of receiving a bid, it seems as though Inter are taking the softly, softly approach.
That is unlikely to bode all that well for the Premier League outfit. Not only does it reduce their chances of selling Eriksen this month for a fee, but it also suggests the race for Eriksen’s signature isn’t as fierce as some might think.
Less competition only gives more leverage to the suitors Eriksen might have.