Tottenham Hotspur have been given the green light to seal one of their mooted summer transfer targets this weekend…
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The north London outfit have been linked with a sensational return for Christian Eriksen, who has just been named on Brentford‘s release list, despite manager Thomas Frank being hopeful of him extending his stay at the Bees.
According to the BBC, the Danish playmaker is yet to decide where he will be playing next season, with Spurs, Everton and Manchester United keen on his signature.
Brentford had offered him a new long-term extension earlier this month, as per Sky Sports, but this latest update leaves the Lilywhites now free to negotiate his return.
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Bringing Eriksen back to Hotspur Way without costing owners, the ENIC Group, a penny would be a very shrewd decision indeed.
The 30-year-old maestro left N17 for Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan in January 2020 and Spurs have suffered for creativity ever since, and now with the Italian in the dugout in the English capital, a reunion could make a lot of sense.
Earlier in the season, Conte dubbed Eriksen “dangerous.”
Players like Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Dele Alli all failed to fill the void left behind by Eriksen, so much so that none of the trio saw out the end of the 2021/22 campaign at the club – the latter even being sold permanently.
The former Spurs and Brentford man still remains one of the best attacking midfielders across Europe.
As per FBRef, he ranks amongst the top 1% of his positional peers for assists (0.38 per 90), expected assists (0.35 per 90), and shot-creating actions (5.08 per 90).
Only Harry Kane and Dejan Kulusevski are close to matching his returns, both averaging an xA of 0.25.
There’s no doubt that Erisken remains a favourite around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and it’s easy to see why given former manager Mauricio Pochettino’s past remarks.
“He is so special and we always call him Golazo, because he is capable of scoring unbelievable goals. The recognition from us is massive. It is true he is so quiet, so calm. He is a very relaxed person but he loves football,” he once claimed.
Eriksen is currently valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, so to sign him for nothing is certainly something of a steal.
It could well be time to bring the Dane back home, the place where he delivered 69 goals and 90 assists across 304 appearances.
Sporting director Fabio Paratici must now move after being given the green light to do so following his release from London rivals Brentford.
AND in other news, Conte now eyeing Spurs swoop for “aggressive” £42.5m-rated brute, he’s Bastoni 2.0…