Christian Eriksen is one of the brightest and most-gifted young players in the European game, and has been repeatedly linked with a transfer to some of the continent’s biggest clubs. However, it appears that this summer could be the Dane’s time to leave the Amserdam ArenA.
A number of English clubs, including Tottenham and Manchester United, have been linked with a move for Eriksen, however Liverpool has been the name mentioned most frequently in recent times.
Eriksen has stated that he is ready to leave Ajax, and his focus is on securing a transfer.
“I am waiting for what could come,” the Denmark international told NOS.
“It’s my first priority – to see what new comes.”
Another Ajax star being linked with a move is Siem De Jong – however the club captain has stated that he intends to stay with the Dutch side. Eriksen however has stated that Ajax are aware that he wants to leave.
“My position is different from Siem. Everybody knows that, including the club.”
Eriksen’s contract expires in the summer of 2014, and as such Ajax would be best advised to cash-in on the star and avoid losing him for free next summer. After three campaigns in the Eredivisie he is ready to make the step up to one of Europe’s top leagues, and would be an excellent signing for a number of Premier League sides.
Liverpool are looking to build a side that can challenge for the top four, and the addition of Eriksen would be quite the coup. The Dane has the passing range and energy to fit well into Brendan Rodgers’ system, and would add another asset to the club’s youthful, but talented, attacking repertoire.
Alongside the likes of Philippe Coutino and Luis Alberto, Eriksen could revel in a Liverpool team that would all of a sudden be blessed with creativity.
The Reds will be challenged for Eriksen’s signature however, and a number of other Premier League clubs could well be in the mix. With Tottenham potentially losing Gareth Bale, the north Londoners will be in the market for a new attacking midfielder, and the Dane fits the bill. Spurs signed Jan Vertonghen from Ajax last summer.
Manchester United continue to look for a midfielder with the guile to replace Paul Scholes, and should their attempts to sign Cesc Fabregas run ashore, David Moyes could look to the Ajax man as an alternative.
Regardless of which of the teams Eriksen moves to, the Premier League could well have a new star on its hands if the player gets his wish and a move to England this summer.
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