Who could replace Christian Eriksen at Tottenham Hotspur?
Christian Eriksen faces a few awkward months at Tottenham this autumn. The Danish star repeatedly looked like he was heading abroad for a big money transfer deal, but nothing materialised. While Eriksen will be playing under Mauricio Pochettino up until the winter transfer period, it’s clear that he won’t be staying at Spurs for long. So who are the likely contenders for replacing him up front?
For most of July and August it looked like Eriksen would be leaving space for the Juventus star Paulo Dybala. But when the transfer window closed, neither forward seemed to be moving. Despite this, it’s clear that Tottenham and Juventus are still looking likely to swap these two players.
Tottenham reportedly agreed a fee with Juventus, but the deal collapsed when it came to negotiating the Argentine player’s wages as well as the commission fees. Despite this, Spurs are still keen to get Dybala into their attack, and there are rumours that a swap deal of Eriksen for Dybala could happen in the next transfer window in January 2020.
Eriksen has only one year left on his contract, and made it public that he was thinking of moving on from Tottenham to play football in continental Europe. Dybala has been with Juventus for four seasons, but with just five Serie A goals to his name last season, it seems that he is also ready for a new challenge.
It remains to be seen whether Tottenham will agree to Dybala’s wage demands. The Argentine star is still among the favourites to be Spurs’ next big signing at many of the betting sites featured at OpenOdds, but if the deal falls through again, Pochettino will be keen to find a new creative force up front.
Interestingly, Tottenham have been linked with the potential poaching of the Kosovo striker Vedat Muriqi. The player scored a penalty against England in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, and the 25-year is also being lined up for a big money move to other Premier League clubs like Manchester United.
Muriqi only signed for the Turkish club Fenerbahce at the start of July, but his Euro 2020 goals against England and the Czech Republic have made him the target of some serious speculation. The Kosovo star has been signed to a four year contract, but it’s easy to see how he could slot in alongside Spurs strikers like Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
The young Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz is another player tipped to be Eriksen’s replacement. Havertz has a similar level of creativity as the Danish international, and the 20-year old is easily one of Germany’s best new players. Although there are rumours that Paris Saint Germain want Havertz as a replacement for Neymar, Tottenham could be a better fit for the talented youngster.
Tottenham might not even look abroad for their next forward. James Maddison has been one of Leicester City’s star players recently, and the 22-year old made more chances than any other players last season in the Premier League.
If Eriksen does make the move to Real Madrid, then there is always the possibility of a straight swap with the Spanish club. Although it may seem unlikely, Isco has been linked with a possible Tottenham move, particularly as he seems to have fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu.
Spurs nearly managed to sign the Spanish international back in 2016, and Isco’s agents reportedly sounded out a move to the Premier League at the start of this year. Pochettino has repeatedly praised Isco’s creativity and quality, and the 27-year old would certainly compensate for losing Eriksen.
Of course, all of this depends on whether another club is actually willing to buy Eriksen. The Tottenham forward has reportedly rejected all contract offers with the North London team, and has stated that his agent is in contact with Real Madrid.
The Spanish club spent the summer transfer period picking up players like Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic rather than Eriksen, but there is still the possibility of Eriksen making the move to Madrid. In another twist, Paul Pogba was though to be heading to Real Madrid, and this would have potentially meant that Eriksen would be going to Manchester United.
However, it’s important to remember that there are still over three months of Premier League football to play before the next transfer window opens. Tottenham have had a mixed start to their season so far, and unless things improve, Eriksen will certainly be looking for a new home.