Report: Club took transfer revenge on Spurs in January after Levy played hardball

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According to CalcioMercato, Inter Milan exacted revenge on Tottenham Hotspur and Daniel Levy in their negotiations to re-sign Christian Eriksen as punishment for the Spurs chairman playing hardball when Inter signed the Dane a little over twelve months ago.

Inter paid €20m (£16.9m at the time) for Eriksen’s services in January of 2020 even though the midfielder only had six months left on his contract in North London.

However, the 28-year-old has not managed to have the kind of impact the Serie A club would have hoped for and has largely been on the fringes of Antonio Conte’s side.

Eriksen was heavily linked with a return to Spurs during last month’s window with reports indicating that the North Londoner’s wanted to sign the Danish international as Dele Alli’s replacement.

In the end, Alli’s proposed loan move to PSG is said to have collapsed due to Tottenham’s inability to get a deal for Eriksen over the line (Daily Mail).

CalcioMercato now claim that Tottenham did make a genuine attempt to sign Eriksen on loan but Inter made it difficult for the Premier League side to complete the deal.

The report claims that after being forced to pay €20m for Eriksen during the negotiations last year, Inter decided to play hardball and rejected Tottenham’s proposal to sign him on a free, no-obligation loan move.

Instead, the Nerrazuri reportedly asked for a sizable loan fee, which is said to be the main reason the deal fell through.

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In addition to Levy playing hardball during Eriksen’s move to Inter, it was also reported during the summer that the Spurs chairman tried to shortchange the Serie A club on Tottenham’s pursuit of Milan Skriniar. So Inter certainly had reasons to make the negotiations very difficult for Spurs.

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