Earlier this week, it was reported that Arsenal had been offered Christian Eriksen for a fee of £12million (ESPN).
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta remained coy over the speculation, saying: “There are a lot of players out there that could improve any team. But obviously we are not going to discuss any individuals.”
In comparison, questions over Sander Berge and Jack Wilshere at the same press conference resulted in Arteta saying there hadn’t been any interest from the Gunners’ end.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta has now hinted that Eriksen, who joined from Spurs at the start of the year, could be sold next year if he expressed a desire to move clubs.
The Denmark international has struggled to establish himself as a regular in Antonio Conte’s starting line-up since joining for a reported £18million just under a year ago.
Marotta has defended the club’s initial decision to sign Eriksen, but also acknowledged that he does not fit into Conte’s current system.
“The important term is ‘functional’, he told Sky Italia, as transcribed by Football Italia.
“Football is full of these situations, where players are signed who are then not functional to the tactical system or team he is placed into.
“We signed Eriksen in January for €20million and an excellent bargain on the transfer market, a great opportunity, but naturally the coach has to make his evaluations and has the right to choose his line-up.
“If we reach January and the player does not play regularly, so asks to be sold, we will deal with the situation and do so without the slightest bit of controversy.”
It’s not been a great 12 months for Eriksen, who has gone from being one of Spurs’ key players – so much so that Daniel Levy reportedly placed a £225million price tag on him two years ago (AS) – to a fringe player at Inter.
As Marotta said, however, sometimes a player just doesn’t fit into a certain tactical system, which has proven the case with at Inter, but with the right system, Eriksen could once again flourish.