Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has revealed why Christian Eriksen’s move to Tottenham never took place.
The Dane was heavily linked with a return to north London, with one report from Sky Sports even suggesting that he wanted the move to happen despite having only been with the Italian side for just under a year at that point.
Speaking on the latest edition of his Here We Go podcast, Romano revealed that it was a matter of finances that stopped the deal from going through, with Spurs unwilling to fork out what the Italian side were looking for in order to make a loan move happen.
He said: “They always asked for a loan fee paid, and also full salary paid, and it was around €4 million after taxes only for four months. So that’s why the situation was really complicated.
“During the weekend before the deadline day on Monday, Tottenham were trying again for Christian Eriksen. They were in contact with Inter, asking for him, because he was the only one considered as a possible replacement Dele Alli because they were looking for a player ready to know about Tottenham’s style and ideas and Mourinho’s ideas and everything.
“So, no surprise player from other countries and something like this. But Inter said no, because they wanted the salary and the loan fee paid. And Tottenham were not prepared to pay this. So that’s why the deal collapsed, and Dele Alli to Paris Saint-Germain collapsed, too.”
TIF Thoughts on Fabrizio Romano’s comments on Tottenham failing to sign Christian Eriksen
Romano’s words shouldn’t really come as a major surprise. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is a man well renowned for being reluctant when it comes to pushing the boat out on transfers, but this just feels like a situation where penny-pinching could have come back to haunt them.
If Eriksen, who is currently rated at around £45m by the CIES Football Observatory, was a player that they felt could help them in a season where they couldn’t be doing much worse based on recent results, then they should have gone through with the deal.
If he would have been the man to put them over the top and turn them from a team competing for the Europa League to possibly still being in the title race or just settling for Champions League football instead, then they’d have got their money back and then some.