Tottenham would face a huge task keeping Christian Eriksen this
summer if either Real Madrid or Manchester United made a formal offer.
That’s according to former Spurs and United favourite Dimitar
Berbatov, who believes the classy Dane would have his head turned by an
approach from either club.
Eriksen’s current deal expires in the summer of 2020, and despite
only having a year left on his deal, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy
would likely demand a fee of around £100m were he forced to sell the
former Ajax man this summer.
currently earning £70,000 a week at Tottenham, but the club are
prepared to double his money in an effort to keep him at the club.
And while Berbatov reckons there is a good chance Eriksen would sign
an extension, equally he believes an official approach from either
United or Real would give Eriksen a huge dilemma.
Speaking to Betfair, Berbatov said: “Another midfielder attracting transfer rumours is Christian Eriksen.
“We all know how great he is with the final pass and that powerful shot, but he is quick, and people do not often realise that.
“Most of the time he does not use that because of his phenomenal
positioning in between the lines which means he does not need to sprint
that much and it’s that skill that often creates his opportunities to
shoot from distance.
“How much might he go for? Who knows.
“If Real or United come for Christian then it is going to start
questions in his head and if he does decide to go then we can be sure
that Daniel Levy will extract maximum value from the Dane’s sale. The
Spurs chairman is a great businessman who knows exactly how to get the
best possible deal.
“But maybe Eriksen will look around and say ‘I have everything here
now, the club is moving in the right direction, why not stay?’
“And, of course, he might be choosing to stay with the side that has just won the 2019 Champions League!”
“I hope and wish Christian can be with us in the future,” said the
Spurs manager. “I think Christian and us, we are so open to talk and we
will see what happens.”
Left-back Danny Rose has called on Levy to do every possible to keep
Eriksen, saying: “It’s vital [that he re-signs]. He links everything up
for us. The lads in the changing room trust the people upstairs to
hopefully get him to sign.”