Journalist Pete O’Rourke thinks Tottenham will be regretting the fact they did not snap up Christian Eriksen during the summer transfer window.
Earlier this summer reports indicated that Spurs were one of the favourites to sign Eriksen on a free transfer after his contract with Brentford ran out (ESPN).
However, the fairytale return to North London did not materialise for the 30-year-old, who ended up linking up with Erik Ten Hag at Manchester United instead.
David Ornstein explained on The Athletic’s YouTube channel (starting at 7:20) back in July that the contract length and salary Eriksen demanded did not match what Spurs had in mind, which is why the Lilywhites men pulled the plug on the deal.
Football Insider subsequently added in September that United offered the 30-year-old a three-year contract worth £200,000 per week and also a £12m signing-on fee, with Spurs allegedly not willing to match either amount.
Given how well Eriksen has done since his switch to Old Trafford, O’Rourke believes that Antonio Conte’s men will rue the fact that they missed out on him.
When asked about Spurs missing out on Eriksen, the journalist told GiveMeSport: “I’m sure there’s maybe a tinge of regret, especially when seeing how well Christian Eriksen has done at Manchester United, he’s been a real good signing and has brought a bit of authority and creativity to the midfield and he was on a free transfer, so it looks a great piece of business.”
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I believe that the reason Spurs were unwilling to pay the reported signing-on fee or wages that Eriksen demanded, was down to Conte likely only seeing him as a squad player rather than a regular starter.
The Dane does not naturally fit into Tottenham formation while Erik Ten Hag clearly saw him as a key piece to his puzzle at United.