According to a report from the Sun, Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen wants a loan move back to Tottenham Hotspur this month.
Christian Eriksen, 28, joined Inter Milan in January 2020 with six months left in his contract with Tottenham. However, the Danish playmaker has failed to establish himself as a regular starter under Antonio Conte, starting just four out of nine Serie A games he’s played so far this season.
The 28-year-old cost £16.9million a year ago but Inter now rate him at around £27m, while his wages are £120,000 a week.
Dele Alli could leave for PSG
French champions Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly looking to sign Spurs midfielder Dele Alli on loan until the end of the campaign.
Alli, 24, has failed to convince Jose Mourinho with his limited performances this season, astonishingly starting just one league game. He has only made the matchday squad on seven occasions and was left out of the travelling squad for Sunday’s 3-1 win at Sheffield United.
Frustrated with lack of opportunities with the north London club, a temporary move to PSG makes sense for Alli to get his career back on track. It will also allow the England international to link up with Mauricio Pochettino, who managed Spurs from 2014 to 2019.
Pochettino had guided Spurs to the Champions League final in 2019 and Alli was a key figure under him, although the north London club lost 2-0 to Liverpool in Madrid.
Eriksen could be an option if Alli leaves
Having played in the Premier League for seven years, Eriksen needs no further introduction and should not need time to settle down if a move to Spurs materialises.
The Denmark international has been out of form for a while, though. He hasn’t played a lot of football for Inter since joining last January, with Conte preferring the likes of Arturo Vidal, Nicolo Barella, Marcelo Brozovic and Roberto Gagliardini ahead of him in midfield.
At Tottenham, Tanguy Ndombele is the first-choice attacking midfielder under Mourinho. Giovani Lo Celso, currently out injured, also prefers playing in an advanced midfield role. So, a move back to Spurs would not really see Eriksen bulldoze his way into Mourinho’s starting XI. Nevertheless, the Inter midfielder could be a top option to have in the squad if Alli departs for PSG this month.
Primarily an attacking midfielder, Eriksen can be used in a deeper role in midfield and also as a wide forward due to his vision, crossing and link-up play. Such versatility allows the manager to use him in various positions as per the game’s nature and demands.
Squad depth is vital
Spurs are very much in the title challenge after a productive first half of the campaign. However, with games coming thick and fast, and the Europa League round of 32 set to commence in February, the north London outfit need to have adequate depth in their squad to go toe-to-toe with their rivals.
Having said that, Mourinho bringing back Eriksen to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would be a step in the right direction.