Former Wales international and current BT Sport pundit John Hartson has stressed that Tottenham Hotspur must forget about the potential of selling Christian Eriksen in January, as told to Football FanCast.
Eriksen is out of contract in North London next June, and is thought to be running down his current deal in the hope of securing a free transfer to Real Madrid next summer (Marca).
Los Blancos have contacted Spurs regarding a potential transfer in the past, but discussions failed to lead to an official bid by the La Liga giant, who were quoted €120million (£107m) in 2018 when talks were first held.
Eriksen’s market value has now naturally declined to the point Hartson feels he would be worth between £25m and £30million, as the creative midfielder will be free to speak with other sides come the turn of the year to discuss pre-contract agreements, which Spurs are keen to avoid.
The Premier League side, who thrashed London rivals Crystal Palace 4-0 on Saturday, are understood to have offered Eriksen a lucrative new contract worth £230,000-a-week (Football Insider), which would triple his current salary and move the 27-year-old in line with Harry Kane in their top-earners bracket.
Should Eriksen reject the latest terms tabled, Hartson is still adamant that Spurs must do all they can to retain the Denmark international in the winter market.
“Tottenham must keep Eriksen,” Hartson stressed to Football FanCast. “Eriksen is a technician, has guile, scores goals and Tottenham should waive the £25-30m they could get in January to ensure they get Champions League football.”
Eriksen has been a key figure for Tottenham throughout his years in North London, with the 91-cap international regularly contributing to the scoresheet either through strikes of his own or creating opportunities for his teammates.
Only Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (15) and Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser (14) were credited with more assists than Eriksen (12) in the Premier League last season (WhoScored), while the Dane laid on a further four as Tottenham reached the Champions League Final (TransferMarkt).
Mauricio Pochettino will more than likely require Eriksen to create a spark in the UEFA competition again this season, after the 27-year-old created the goals which beat Inter Milan at home in the Group Stage and Manchester City in the quarter-final first leg which ultimately helped to ensure Spurs’ progression to the following rounds.
Taking his creativity away for a reduced fee could easily see Tottenham struggle for the closing months of the campaign, and put a greater level of pressure on summer arrival Giovani Lo Celso, who is yet to play more than 28 minutes in a Premier League game (WhoScored).
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