Sunday 25 August 2019

Spurs prepare for flurry of Eriksen interest after English window shuts

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen. Photo: Adam Davy/PA
Tottenham's Christian Eriksen. Photo: Adam Davy/PA

Matt Law

Tottenham Hotspur are braced for European clubs making cut-price bids for Christian Eriksen if he is not sold before the English transfer window shuts on Thursday.

Although Premier League clubs cannot sign players after 5pm on Thursday, the transfer windows in Italy, Spain, Germany and France do not shut until September 2.

Tottenham are working hard to try to sign at least one of Bruno Fernandes or Giovani Lo Celso before the deadline, despite Eriksen still being at the club.

That gives Juventus, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, who have all shown an interest in Eriksen, the chance to try to drive down the midfielder's price after the English window has shut. Inter Milan are also monitoring the situation.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had valued Eriksen at £130 million (€141m) when English clubs made inquiries at the end of last season, but European clubs may try to snap up the Dane for less than £50m.

Eriksen, 27, is entering the final 12 months of his contract and Tottenham face losing him for nothing if he is not sold this summer. Eriksen is still yet to attract a firm offer.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace have signed former England and Chelsea central defender Gary Cahill on a free transfer. Cahill, 33, has agreed a two-year contract worth in the region of £75,000-a-week to link up with Palace manager Roy Hodgson, who he played under for England.

Elsewhere, Ireland and Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter is set to complete a loan deal to Championship side Fulham. The 29-year-old will link up with brother-in-law Scott Parker, who manages the Craven Cottage side.

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