Transfer season is upon us and one of the biggest questions of the upcoming January window is surrounding the future of Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen.
The Denmark international signed for Antonio Conte’s side last January in a €20m deal from Tottenham, after he made it clear to the club that he wouldn’t be signing a new contract.
Since his move to Serie A though, Eriksen has struggled to break into the starting lineup on a regular basis and has publicly spoken of his unhappiness at a lack of play time.
The Inter board have openly confirmed that they could be willing to listen to offers for the 28 year old, where could he realistically end up this winter to get his career back on track ahead of Euro 2020?
The obvious link that could be made is a return to north London with Tottenham Hotspur. The club made it very clear during the entire saga last year that they never wanted him to leave and were willing to offer him a new contract, but he wanted to experience something new. Spurs this summer brought in two attacking players and now have a top heavy squad, so the likelihood of a return is very, very low.
He has been linked with a move to the red side of north London though, which makes a lot more sense.
Arsenal are severely lacking in creativity and manager Mikel Arteta has admitted that he’s out of ideas of how to improve the side if they can’t score goals. With Mesut Ozil blacklisted from the squad and likely to leave in January, Eriksen could be a perfect replacement in a problem position.
He’d be on a fraction of the wages Ozil currently earns while filling the creative void in the side and costing not much for a player of his quality. The Gunners should definitely be interested, but whether he’d join Arsenal after his spell with Spurs is a different conversation.
The two Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are still cash strapped and unlikely to look at bringing in a more experienced player who has struggled for form over the last 18 months, while Atletico Madrid’s system doesn’t need a player like Eriksen.
The most likely option for me for Eriksen could be a move to French side PSG. Thomas Tuchel didn’t spend much money in the summer and was able to strengthen his squad on deadline day with some loan deals. But the squad still lacks a lot of creativity.
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe carry the main load of the side but when one or both are missing, the burden tends to fall on 32 year old Angel Di Maria or Pablo Sarabia. Di Maria is still a top player but Sarabia has never really set the world on fire. Eriksen has the ability to play in central midfield in a possession dominant team, or further forward if necessary.
He’d also be able to get plenty of minutes in the side, with PSG dominant domestically and able to rotate a lot while they’d also be expected to make it into the deeper rounds of the Champions League too.
The only alternative for Eriksen would be to drop down in level of competition with the likes of West Ham, Real Sociedad or even rivals AC Milan possible destinations.
It’s a long, ugly road ahead of Eriksen after he found out that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.