Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes of extending Christian Eriksen’s spell at the club have taken a huge blow, according to Football Operations and Communications Consultant, Ian McGarry.
The former Evening Standard journalist claims that Eriksen has already rejected three new contract offers from Spurs, with the latest being a £110,000-a-week deal.
Eriksen currently earns around £70,000-a-week following the improved contract he signed in 2016, but only has 18 months to run on his existing deal (Sky Sports).
The Dane has been heavily linked in recent weeks with potential moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid among the increased uncertainty over his long-term future in North London (Express).
Spurs fans will be growing increasingly confirmed that a handful of first team players are in a precarious situation with their contracts.
Toby Alderweireld can be bought for just £25million this summer after the club triggered an extension to his contract by a further twelve months until 2020, while his central defensive partner, Jan Vertonghen will also out of contract in the same year.
McGarry claimed on The Transfer Window podcast that Eriksen has snubbed the new offers and expects him to leave the club at the end of the campaign.
“He has 17 months left on his contract and has already rejected three different contract upgrade offers from Tottenham,” McGarry said.
“Tottenham got him for a very reasonable price when he moved there. I think he’s developed into one of the most complete midfielders in European football. I love watching him.
“I think Eriksen has got soft feet, his control of the ball is wonderful. He scores goals, he is very athletic and he can take a tackle and give a tackle as well.
“I think he is – and Spurs fans won’t thank me for this – above their level and could play easily for any of the biggest clubs in the world.
“Barcelona have already made contact with his representatives with regards to a deal that would more than double his wages, which currently are around £67,000 a week.
“So you’re looking at the Premier League at the moment and the average wage is just over £53,000 a week. And here’s Eriksen, one of the most outstanding players in that and he’s getting about £12,000 a week more than the average.”
“He’s already turned down £110,000 [a week] from Tottenham,” added McGarry.
“I think he’d be looking at between £150,000 and £200,000 [a week], which in the current market I’d say he is worth every penny.
“Barcelona are interested. You’ve always got to mention Real Madrid because they are in for every decent player and I go back to Bayern Munich’s need for a creative midfielder – they’re looking at [Adrien] Rabiot as well.
“Another interesting one because of his contract situation, his age. Spurs would be lucky to get what Daniel Levy would want.
“They won’t get what Daniel Levy would want because that would be €100m (£87.6m) or €500m (£437.9m). But current market valuations, a year in his contract, his age; I think you’re looking at between €50m (£43.8m) and €70m (£61.3m) – and that would be a steal for a player of Eriksen’s quality.”
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