At the turn of the year Christian Eriksen was expected to be one of the major transfers of the summer, with a slew of top European clubs apparently chasing his signature and Ajax willing to let the midfielder leave for around £15million.
However a slight drop in form has seen several teams rethink their interest in Eriksen, and it could see the saga remain unresolved until late August.
Borussia Dortmund are unlikely to return for the Ajax player after signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, meaning there is no clear front runner in the hunt for Eriksen currently.
Two Premier League sides who have been linked with the 21-year-old in the past are Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, and there could be a case for Brendan Rodgers’ side in particular to revive their interest in Eriksen.
Although Liverpool are not short of attacking options, Rodgers’ belief they still need a little extra firepower in midfield was demonstrated by his pursuit of Mkhitaryan. Eriksen is not in the same league as the Armenian in terms of goals, but with 10 in 33 league appearances last season, he is no slouch either.
It is also easy to forget how young the Dane is, and how much experience he has already mustered in his short career. Eriksen is a key man at international level with Denmark, as well as at Ajax, who impressed in last season’s Champions League, and can still develop to become a truly excellent player.
Despite their own array of midfield options, Spurs should also consider Eriksen this summer, perhaps as a replacement for Clint Dempsey. The Dane would bring creativity to Spurs front six, which is perhaps currently a little more focused on power, although Andre Villas-Boas might feel that Gyfli Sigurdsson and Lewis Holtby will both be more important players at White Hart Lane next year.
If Eriksen remains available throughout the summer, both Liverpool and Spurs should line up a bid for the 21-year-old. If his £15million price-tag can be brought down, then either team could pick up one of the most promising young players in Europe at a bargain price, and that is always worth considering.
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