The Athletic’s David Ornstein has revealed that Tottenham were put off by Christian Eriksen’s contract demands after expressing an interest in re-signing the Dane this summer.
Earlier this summer, Spurs were reported to be one of the favourites to win the race for Eriksen’s signature (ESPN).
However, Tottenham subsequently distanced themselves from the 30-year-old, who was available on a free transfer after his contract with Bretford ran out (Football.London’s Alasdair Gold).
Eriksen has since completed a move to Manchester United and will link up with Erik Ten Hag at Old Trafford ahead of his first season in charge of the Red Devils.
In The Athletic’s YouTube channel (starting at 7:20), Ornstein explained that Spurs did make an enquiry about the Denmark international to scope out what he would have wanted to come back.
However, the journalist stated that the contract length and size Eriksen demanded did not match what Spurs had in mind, which is why the North London club pulled the plug on the deal.
Ornstein and Jack Pitt-Brooke go on to say in the video that Antonio Conte wants to sign a attacking midfielder this summer and that Spurs have been long-term admirers of James Maddison.
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I do not think it would have just been Eriksen’s contract demands that put Spurs off. The Dane might have demanded regular game time, which is something that Conte likely would not have been able to promise since the 30-year-old does not naturally fit into the Italian’s preferred 3-4-3 system.