Christian Eriksen reportedly missed out on a move to join Spanish giants Barcelona because of Lionel Messi.
According to El Desmarque, Barcelona lined up a deal to swap Ivan Rakitic and Carlos Alena in exchange for Eriksen.
It is understood that the Spurs playmaker’s contract expires at the end of the season and he wants out of North London.
But the report details that Barcelona captain Messi ensured the move collapsed, as he doesn’t want Eriksen at the Camp Nou and has not been impressed by his drop off in form during a difficult period.
Eriksen joined Spurs for £11.5million (BBC) back in 2013 from Ajax and has developed into an elite player since.
The Danish playmaker has 67 goals and 87 assists in 289 appearances across all competitions for the club.
It’s unclear on how much influence Messi really has on the Barcelona hierarchy when it comes to signing players, which is why this report should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Eriksen certainly has damaged his reputation though regardless of the report, as he’s been a shadow of the player he can be since speculation surfaced about his future.
The attacking midfielder has just one goal and one assist in 12 games across all competitions this season, while his overall performances have been below par too.
He’s shown he can be such an influential figure for Mauricio Pochettino’s side when on form, which is why a lot of blame is being pointed towards him for the team’s poor run.