Spurs are understood to have opened the bidding for the 21-year-old midfielder at £9 million, despite Ajax’ valuation of the player around £12 million.
Meanwhile, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that Gareth Bale’s record-breaking transfer to Real Madrid could happen ‘very soon’ as the two parties negotiate the deal worth a staggering £86 million to the North Londoners.
Tottenham have agreed the signing of Roma winger Erik Lamela for a near-£30 million fee with the Argentine currently undergoing a medical in the English capital ahead of his switch as is Romanian centre-back Vlad Chiriches who is expected to arrive for around £7 million.
Tottenham’s spending so far surpasses that of any other club in the English top tier with Eriksen’s eagerly awaited signing taking their total outlay this summer to a mouth-watering £100 million and potentially beyond.
With the outgoings at White Hart Lane – William Gallas and David Bentley were released, whilst Steven Caullker, Tom Huddlestone, Scott Parker and Clint Dempsey were sold for a combined £21 million – means Villas-Boas’ first team has been completely reshaped.
Hugo Loris and Brad Freidel will fight it out for the number one spot between the sticks whilst Younes Kaboul’s return to fitness means he will compete with captain Michael Dawson and Jan Vertonghen for two spaces in the back four. Kyle Walker’s form last term will likely see him keep his spot at right-back ahead of Kyle Naughton with loan star Danny Rose fighting it out with Benoit Assou-Ekotto for the left-back position.
In midfield, Eriksen’s potential arrive throws up some interesting selection combination for the boss – new signing Etienne Capoue will compete with a fit Sandro in the holding midfield position, whilst new signing Paulinho, Moussa Dembele, Lewis Holtby, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Eriksen could be fighting for just two central and attacking midfield roles.
On the flanks, Aaron Lennon will have to work his socks off to compete with the likes of Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela will effectively come into the team to replace Bale on the left flank with Roberto Soldado taking the starring role up front. Over all it’s clear Villas-Boas’ Spurs are going to find goals all over the pitch.
If all players were fit and available, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a number of the new boys in the starting XI against Arsenal this weekend. A starting XI of Lloris-Walker-Vertonghen-Dawson-Assou-Ekotto-Capoue-Paulinho-Eriksen-Chadli-Lamela-Soldado is probably the most exciting prospect Spurs fans have seen in a long long time, never mind the likes of Holtby, Jermaine Defoe, Sigurdsson, Dembele, Sandro, Kaboul and Friedel on the bench. Gareth who?
Tottenham have one of the strongest squads not only in England but on the continent and with the potential arrival of Christian Eriksen, it’s hard to see how their competitors are going to find any points at White Hart Lane this term.
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