The Tottenham Hotspur fans in the Transfer Tavern are hugely excited for this weekend. Indeed, after a big few weeks for Mauricio Pochettino and his side, they visit bitter rivals Arsenal in the first north London derby of the campaign on Saturday.
With many of Spurs’ key players pulling out of England duty, our local Lillywhites are hoping their side are fresh for the game this weekend. Still, as much as they are hoping for no more injury problems, their collective eyes will be glued to Tavern TV tonight.
That’s because Christian Eriksen is in action for Denmark against the Republic of Ireland as they battle for a spot in the World Cup and, while there will be prayers the midfielder emerges unscathed, he will receive the fully backing of our resident Spurs fans.
That’s how popular he is.
Indeed, such support isn’t merely reserved for the confines of north London, it seems. According to the Independent, Barcelona were interested in a move for the 25-year-old over the course of the summer. Though the Blaugrana chased Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho for most of the summer, Eriksen is understood to have been a target.
‘Influential figures’ at the Camp Nou are believed to have earmarked the playmaker as someone who could fit their famous footballing tradition and overtures are thought to have been made to the player’s representatives. However, the deal reportedly quickly died after the Catalan giants realised trying to lure him away would be too difficult.
You get the feeling that, if Eriksen continues to do the business in the Champions League, the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid really will come calling. He’s that good.
Still, Daniel Levy is a very tough negotiator and it really won’t be easy.