Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas has told BBC Sport that the club shouldn’t sell Christian Eriksen for less than £50 million.
The Danish playmaker has been touted all summer with a move away from North London. Juventus, Real Madrid and even Manchester United have been linked with a move.
Eriksen remains at Spurs, however, with clubs seemingly willing to wait until his contract expires next summer before making a move.
The 27-year-old was instrumental in Tottenham’s run to the Champions League final last season and Jenas believes the club needs to get the very best deal.
He told BBC Sport: “If they do get £50 million, they will have done wonders – but any offers they get before the end of the month when the transfer window closes in the rest of Europe, are likely to be a lot less than that.
“In terms of the difference it could make to Tottenham’s season, there are other players who I would be more willing to off-load to off-set some of the money they could lose out on by keeping Eriksen – Erik Lamela and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou for example.
“I hope Eriksen stays because he is so valuable to their chances of winning a trophy.”
The playmaker has created an astonishing 550 chances in the Tottenham team since the 2013/14 campaign; highlighting his importance to the team.
Jenas is right that in this day and age that Tottenham need to get the best deal.
Eriksen’s contract situation is precarious, however, and if doesn’t leave it will make for an uncertain January transfer window.
He is definitely right to highlight that Lamela and Nkoudou should be sold. Both aren’t really of the required level anymore, with Tottenham regular competitors in the Champions League.
Eriksen is the main talking point though. It seems highly unlikely that a European team will come forward with £50 million before the deadline on 2nd September and Spurs must do all they can to persuade him to pen a new deal.