David Ornstein explains why Tottenham decided against signing Christian Eriksen
The Dane spent six-and-a-half years at Spurs and was a fan favourite. He played 305 times for the North Londoners, was directly involved in 159 goals, and helped improve Tottenham massively during his time there.
After a short spell at Brentford, Eriksen was available on a free transfer this summer, and unsurprisingly, Spurs were among the teams heavily linked with a move to sign him.
That move didn’t materialise, and Ornstein has now revealed the real reason why.
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David Ornstein explains why Tottenham didn’t sign Christian Eriksen
Tottenham have had an excellent transfer window so far. Antonio Conte demanded multiple new signings this summer, and Daniel Levy has obliged.
Spurs have brought in Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison, Clement Lenglet and Djed Spence so far in what has been a truly sensational summer transfer window.
A new number 10 is the next position Conte reportedly wants filled, and Eriksen would’ve been a ‘spectacular‘ signing for that role. However, Ornstein has revealed that the Dane’s demands were well beyond what Spurs were ready to offer, which is why they walked away from the deal.
He said in a video on The Athletic’s YouTube channel: “We know that they made an enquiry for Christian Eriksen to scope out what he would’ve wanted to come back. It didn’t materialise.
“It’s my understanding he wanted a contract length and size, financially, that was probably not what Tottenham wanted to do. He has ended up at Manchester United.”
Tottenham fans know how good Eriksen is.
The Dane, even though he’s 30 now, is still a sensational footballer, and he would’ve offered so much to this Spurs side if they had convinced him to return to the club.
Conte, Levy and co decided against it in the end and Manchester United snapped him up. He could prove to be a fine signing for the Red Devils, who, like Spurs, struggled for creativity at times last season.
It will be interesting to see how Eriksen will fare this term. If he impresses, Tottenham may end up regretting their decision to walk away from the deal.
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