‘Everything was set’ – Report reveals Spurs came close to January transfer deal

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Over the last few weeks, a number of publications have made various claims as to why Christian Eriksen did not complete his mooted return to Tottenham Hotspur during the January transfer window.

It was reported during January that Spurs wanted to bring Eriksen back to the club on loan as a replacement for Dele Alli, who was linked with a temporary move to Paris Saint-Germain but neither move materialised in the end with Alli and Eriksen staying put at their respective clubs. 

CalcioMercato claimed on Sunday that Inter decided to take revenge on Tottenham for playing hardball on Eriksen’s price when he moved to the Serie A side in January of last year.

It was suggsted that the Serie A giants thus made it difficult for the North Londoners to complete the deal by demanding a sizable loan fee for the Dane. 

However, Italian football pundit Paolo Bonolis claimed that it was Eriksen himself who rejected the opportunity to return to Spurs despite the deal being agreed between the two clubs.

A report in Gazzetta Dello Sport (as relayed by Sport Witness) has now suggested that the 28-year-old was not at fault for the deal falling through. 

It is suggested that Spurs had agreed to cover Eriksen’s entire wages for the duration of his loan spell but that Inter were insistent on receiving compensation for the midfielder which Tottenham did not want to pay.

The report asserts that everything was set for the move to go ahead and lays the blame squarely on the Nerrazuri for blocking the transfer. 

Spurs Web Opinion 

I personally would have rather kept Alli than loaning him to PSG and bringing in Eriksen to replace him. So, whatever the reason behind the collapsed transfer, I suspect Mourinho and Levy are not too displeased at the outcome.

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