Eriksen entered the final year of his contract with the Dutch champions this month and, whilst the club hope he will remain in Amsterdam, his boss conceded that the ‘interest’ in him from Liverpool will likely see him depart.
"It is up to Christian what he wants," De Boer told Sky Sports.
"If he feels good going to Liverpool, then it is up to him. I would want nothing more than having him with us for a few more years.
"But we realise the interest in this kind of player is huge. And I can also understand that he wants to make another step in his career. I can't stop him," the former Netherlands international added.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has already been busy this summer – he’s signed Kolo Toure on a free transfer from Manchester City, Luis Alberto from Sevilla, Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo, and Simon Mignolet from Sunderland.
After offloading Andy Carroll for £16 million to West Ham on a permanent move and Jonjo Shelvey to Swansea for £6 million, the Reds’ boss has spent wisely (so far his acquisitions total around £24 million) but, if the Eriksen deal comes to fruition, he will have made undoubtedly the best buy of the summer.
The 21-year-old Danish midfielder has emerged as one of the most gifted playmakers of his generation – his reputation on the global stage was made back in 2010 when he became the youngest player at the World Cup in South Africa.
Since then Eriksen has kicked on with his club to score 13 goals and make 23 assists in all competitions last term. He brings exceptional technical quality and creativity and, at present, Anfield is his most likely destination.
With Aspas and Alberto to add to the attacking line-up, joining January signings Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge, Rodgers may well have the firepower to ensure Liverpool qualify for the Champions League next term.
The future of Luis Suarez remains shrouded in doubt, as it appears the Uruguayan striker is eyeing a move away from the Reds but the Kop faithful need not fear, as it seems their manager has one of the finest scouting teams in the league, based on his signings so far.
With the talent bolstered in midfield, any striker in the world would be well fed if a player like Eriksen joined the ranks – his vision and creative play would ensure that, even if Rodgers loses Suarez, whoever comes in to replace him will never be short of opportunities to score.
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