Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen continues to have his future played out in the media and it appears another big-named club has come to the forefront of potential destinations for his signature.
According to a report by Le Parisien (via Sport Witness), Paris Saint-Germain are thought to be interested in the Danish playmaker and are thought to have identified him as a possible replacement for Neymar, who appears to be trying to force a move back to Barcelona.
Leonardo, the French giant’s Director of Football, is said to be a long-term admirer of Eriksen and it has been suggested the Scandinavian’s value of between €50m and €70m (£45.4m and £63.6m) could be well within their price range should they shift the Brazilian off their books.
Eriksen’s future at Spurs has been debated all summer long and with days to go until the end of the European transfer window, it does not appear to be any clearer than it was before. The 27-year-old revealed a new challenge was something that would interest him, though a move to Real Madrid has since failed to materialise at the present moment.
With no suggestion that the playmaker is prepared to sign a new deal and remain at Tottenham beyond the end of the current season and it seems even more unlikely after Daniel Levy and the player’s agent reportedly fell out over discussions, it would appear the Premier League outfit are in between a rock and a hard place in regards to their star man.
There can be no doubting what he has brought to Spurs during his time with the club – he has 66 goals and 86 assists to his 280 appearances so far – however, he does not always appear to be in Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team plans at the moment.
Eriksen may have been involved in all three Premier League matches so far – whereby he made a game-changing impact against Aston Villa in the season opener – but he has had to settle for a place on the substitute’s bench for two of them (Transfermarkt).
In those appearances, he has already managed to average two key passes in 144 minutes of action, as well as an 81.3% pass success rate (WhoScored), as he builds on last season’s impressive figures of 12 assists, 2.1 key passes and an 81% pass completion rate in 35 top-flight appearances.
Spurs may have brought Giovani Lo Celso into the side to potentially replace Eriksen, but the Argentina international has been introduced slowly by Pochettino and is yet to make a lasting impact as of yet – an average of one key pass at around 9.5 passes per game (although he has only played 33 minutes so far).
As highlighted, Eriksen’s significance to Tottenham over the years is something that can not be swept aside easily and he will be a huge loss to the club if/when he does leave.
Indeed, it would appear as though the question of cashing in on a large sum of money for him now or risk losing him for nothing next summer is something that the club will need to think about answering.
PSG may not have been an originally favoured option for the playmaker (with Barcelona or Real Madrid thought to be preferred), but the opportunity to join the Ligue 1 outfit might still appeal to him just as much.
Spurs could have a really difficult decision to make over the next few days and it will be interesting to see what Pochettino and Levy decide to do regarding the 27-year-old.
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