Christian Eriksen is pushing to leave Tottenham Hotspur for free in the summer of 2020, rather than being sold in January, as reported by The Daily Mail.
Spurs are reportedly looking to sell the Denmark international for £30m in the winter window, but he would prefer to leave for free during the summer so he has a higher likelihood of signing for a top club.
This approach would also be likely to see him get a more lucrative deal at whatever destination he picks, as there will not be a transfer fee for the club to pay.
Mauricio Pochettino is said to have already been annoyed that the 27-year-old remained at the club during the summer, despite openly stating that he wanted a new start, so this is likely to only strengthen his frustrations.
This report comes shortly after Eriksen was one of the two Spurs players who failed to convert their spot-kicks in the penalty shootout defeat to Colchester United, as shown in the highlights video on the Sky Sports Football Youtube channel.
Even aside from this, there are signs he is not in favour with those at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as much as he has previously been: last season he started 30 games and was only used as a substitute five times across the whole campaign, but this time around he has already been used off the bench three times, as per WhoScored.
He has still started three games though, scoring once, with his goal coming during the 2-2 draw in the North London derby.
There could be an argument that Spurs should now be just looking forward to having Eriksen out of the club, whether that is for a fee or not, so the club can move on from this.
Spurs should do all they can to sell him for a fee during January, even if that means going under their £30m asking price, as he will surely be a disruptive influence and hasn’t contributed to his normal level so far this campaign.
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