Approaching 18 months until he’s out of contract at current club Ajax in the summer of 2014, Christian Eriksen is fast gathering a number of suitors ready to pounce when the January transfer window opens.
Contract talks with the 20-year-old have stalled, with the directer of the Amsterdam club and former Arsenal star Marc Overmars quoted as saying, “we would like Christian to sign a new contract with us, but it’s not something he wants.” Before pessimistically adding, “we will see what happens after this year. We speak with him and his agent and we will see what happens after December.”
With the imminent departure of Eriksen, either in January or the summer, where would be the ideal destination to guarantee the Denmark International further enhancing his career by playing week-in week-out at a top level club?
His key attributes include being a deadly accurate passer of the ball, a very agile maneuverer –being able to dribble and wiggle around his opponents with relative ease – and, crucially, a super-star presence to inspire all around him to over-achieve – as Man City have witnessed this season. It is no doubt that he may be compared with the likes of Barcelona’s Iniesta and Xavi one day, and it is highly likely the Spanish club already have an eye on the schemer.
His preferred position is in attacking midfield but is equally adept playing further back. However, Barca, already with a midfield arsenal consisting of Busquets, Fabregas, Mascherano, Song, Thiago – as well as Xavi and Iniesta – on their books, Eriksen could next ply his trade in England – where a host of top clubs are struggling for decent centre midfielders.
The fierce rivals of the Catalan side, Real Madrid, are already well-equipped in that department, and it is unlikely the diminutive star would move there at this stage.
Tottenham first spring to mind as a club who have perhaps lacked some much-needed creativity in the centre of the park, with Sandro more defensive and Huddlestone becoming ever more inconsistent. After missing out on Moutinho last summer and Scott Parker’s injury problems, AVB may want to seriously consider Eriksen as his prime target.
The midfield issue is also well-known at Old Trafford, with Scholes continuing to put everything he has left in his ageing tank, just to temporarily halt the problems United have – in that they don’t have a world-class midfielder. However, with an already youthful team, perhaps they should look for someone with more experience.
Chelsea have signed some great attacking players recently, but made the ridiculous decision by offloading both Essien and Meireles – leaving just Lampard, Mikel and Ramires able to play behind and support the quartet of Mata, Hazard, Oscar and Torres. Although Eriksen is attack-minded, he could be another option to play sitting further back. Man City, again, have plenty to offer in midfield, and it is very doubtful they would make an offer.
With two clubs such as Liverpool and Arsenal continuously introducing youth to their first teams, but with both struggling in the league, either would be an ideal place to take the next step in his career. With Eriksen playing behind the stiker, it could solve a number of present issues for Liverpool, but it is whether or not the Anfield owner’s want to spend more money when they’ll surely be searching for a striker as their priority.
There is, however, one small glitch to any Spanish or English clubs vying for his signature – he is a self-confessed Roma and Serie A fan – once saying, “I do not know exactly when I became a fan of the red and yellow, but I remember when I was nine, playing FIFA Manager 2001, I always took Roma. I’d be thrilled to wear the jersey one day of Roma.”
But surely now as the Italian League’s reputation and standard has slowly declined in recent years, the English Premiership has to be the way to go. If he wants games, Liverpool and Spurs would be ideal, but with all the hype, surely a consistent participant of the Champions League would be his preferred choice, with Arsenal and Man United favourites.
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