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How much of a loss would Christian Eriksen be to Spurs?

How much of a loss would Christian Eriksen be to Spurs?

With Spurs undergoing one of their quietest summers in recent years, the last thing that they would have been expecting to hear would be that influential Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen has reportedly turned down a new contract offer, according to the Evening Standard. The Standard claim that he has turned down the club’s initial offer in the hope of earning a wage rise in a new deal.

With two years left to run on his current deal, there is time to spare, but Spurs will not want to hang around too long before tying him down for the future. Should the situation develop to one where Eriksen is left With only 12 months to go, it would be hard to sell the attacking midfielder for a fee which matches his true value, and he could even leave for free if negotiations do not come to an end in the next 18 months.

That means that a decision will have to be made over whether or not Eriksen deserves to be paid more than his current £30,000 a week deal, with the likes of Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris currently earning between £60,000 and £70,ooo a week.

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The 24-year-old moved to White Hart Lane in 2014 for a fee of £11 million from Ajax, and if the Standard is correct, he does not want this dispute to put an end to his spell in London, with both sides keen to get a deal agreed as soon as possible. With 30 goals and 33 assists in 131 appearances since that move, you can see his importance to Mauricio Pochettino’s outfit, and with 13 Premier League assists last term alone, he is excelling under the Argentinean boss.

It would be very hard to argue that Eriksen does not belong in the same category of importance as the likes or Lloris, Kane, or Eric Dier, who all earn more than double what Eriksen is currently earning, but Daniel Levy is well known for being a tough negotiator. His form has been pivotal to Tottenham, particularly last season, and the Dane has shown consistent improvement in every season. In fact, it could be considered surprising that there have been no big money offers for him, as one of the top goal-providers in England’s top flight.

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Now the decision for Levy, Pochettino and co. will be whether or not the Dane is deserving of an improved contract offer or not. Negotiations will likely be long and drawn out, but it seems hard to see how or why the club would not match Eriksen’s demands. With the transfer market in its current state, finding a substitute would be expensive and difficult, and to allow Eriksen to run down his contract and leave on the cheap would be foolish for one of the businesses smartest men.

It seems inevitable that Eriksen will see his wages rise as Tottenham meet his demands, but this is an unwanted scare for Spurs fans, and the concern could be set to continue if negotiations don’t reach a suitable point for both parties soon. It is a certainty that some of Europe’s biggest clubs will be monitoring his situation, so a quick resolution would be best for all.

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