Tottenham Hotspur have acted earlier this summer and brought in a trio of shrewd signings but chairman Daniel Levy’s actions from the January transfer window may prove to be the catalyst.
First, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was secured in a £15m deal from Southampton with Kyle Walker-Peters going the other way for £12m, so that’s just a mere £3m outlay with Joe Hart coming in on a free to replace Michel Vorm and Wolves right-back Matt Doherty joining for £15m too.
Jose Mourinho just needs to find a backup to Harry Kane and perhaps an additional centre-back, then it would be a rather decent summer all round.
It’s certainly a change in approach from Levy, who broke their club-record fee to land Tanguy Ndombele last year and maybe that switch happened at the start of 2020.
Spurs finally offloaded Christian Eriksen and surprisingly, the north Londoners got a fee for him despite being in the final six months of his contract.
Inter Milan caved in and paid out around £16.9m for the Danish playmaker but life has not gone to plan over in Italy.
This week there have been reports suggesting that the 28-year-old is available for transfer this summer despite only being at the San Siro for eight months.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Eriksen has never really been in favour of manager Antonio Conte with Nicolo Barella, Marcelo Brozovic and soon-to-arrive Arturo Vidal seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order.
Inter want €50m (£44.5m) for him and they’ll be rather lucky to get that.
Once a favourite under Mauricio Pochettino, who dubbed him “amazing” and “outstanding” back in 2018, Eriksen hasn’t pulled up any trees for Inter leading to their club legend Luis Suarez believes he’s the wrong fit for the club as he lacks “character and aggression” and is “too mild and calm.”
Eriksen contributed to just four goals across the Serie A and the Coppa Italia, which only makes the decision to sell him look even more like a masterstroke as time goes by.
He is unlikely to have many suitors given former interested side Manchester United have since signed Bruno Fernandes in the position.
To get nearly £17m for a player that was free to leave soon after is very good business indeed. Even more so now this saga has developed in Milan.
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