By Chris Wright
If Ajax coach Frank De Boer is to be believed (and why on Earth would you doubt him?), Tottenham agreed a deal to sign prodigiously talent young Danish forward Christian Eriksen, reportedly for the low, low price of just €10million.
Speaking to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaph, De Boer said: “His departure is a huge loss, because Christian is terribly important. We always have and always will get along. He is an ideal footballer and professional, he is ideal for any coach.”
The deal is a way off being completed yet, but Spurs have been granted permission to talk to Eriksen after Ajax accepted an offer from Daniel Levy, rumoured to be as low as £8million – which seems like madness to us, especially as the Dane is pretty much Ajax’s most vaunted player these days.
We suspect that there will a shed-load of add-ons and bonuses added into the contract when the time comes, but even so – it looks like Spurs are getting themselves another bargain, though their “diminutive attacking midfielders” department is starting to look a tad swollen.
You’d have to assume that Eriksen’s arrival will mean that the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lewis Holtby and Tom Carroll will be allowed to leave on loan over the next few weeks.
Any road up, that’s Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue, Paulinho, Vlad Chiriches, Erik Lamela, (who both flew into London yesterday) and Eriksen, all for roughly the price of one Gareth Bale. The net spend on transfer fees will be something like £5/6million.
You’ve got to give it to Daniel Levy; he’s bloody well earned his money these past few months. All he’s got to do know is somehow conjure up a buyer for Emmanuel Adebayor and Spurs fans will be left toasting the perfect summer!