Christian Eriksen’s chances of a January return to Tottenham look to have been cruelly ended, while Mauricio Pochettino has identified his No 1 transfer priority were he to take charge at Manchester United, according to Monday’s Euro Paper Talk.
LEVY EMPHATICALLY REJECTS CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN
Christian Eriksen’s misery looks set to extend after a damning report claimed a possible return to Tottenham have been ruled out.
Eriksen departed north London last January as Spurs’ efforts to tie him to a new deal failed. With time ticking away on his contract, Eriksen was allowed to join Inter for a fee of €20m.
The move to Serie A, however, has not worked out as planned. Eriksen has struggled to adapt to the tactical demands of Antonio Conte. The Italian’s favoured 3-4-3 formation even looks to have stifled Eriksen’s game.
With not one goal or assist this season, Inter are now willing to let the player leave in January.
Reports last week claimed talks over a deal to bring him back to Tottenham were underway. It was claimed Spurs could offer two players to Inter to help broker the deal.
However, Italian outlet FCInterNews are adamant all avenues to Tottenham have been firmly shut down.
They state Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has “no desire” to bring the Dane back to Tottenham due to the manner of his exit. Levy, it’s claimed, was left angered by Eriksen’s efforts to leave on a free, though ultimately they managed to avoid that scenario.
MOURINHO NOT KEEN ON ERIKSEN
Furthermore, they claim Jose Mourinho also finds the player “less competitive for his way of understanding football”. That seems a tad harsh on a player who did many great things for Spurs during his time there. He’s hardly a man you’d label ‘tactically inept’ but that’s effectively what the article is saying.
Either way, with Gareth Bale added to their forward line, Spurs have very much moved on from Eriksen.
In addition, the article also suggests a little ill-feeling between Spurs and Inter over Milan Skriniar. Tottenham tried to sign the Slovakian defender over the summer; their efforts ultimately failing.
The article claims Spurs offered €30m-€35m for Skriniar, with Inter refusing to budge from their €60m asking price.
POCHETTINO WANTS JIMENEZ AT MAN UTD
Mauricio Pochettino will target a move for Raul Jimenez as his No 1 transfer priority if he takes charge at Manchester United. (Don Balon)
Liverpool are considering a transfer swoop for €50m-rated Atletico Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente. (Don Balon)
Barcelona’s plans to offload Ousmane Dembele in January lie in tatters after Ansu Fati suffered a knee injury that rules him out for five months. Man Utd were keen to sign the winger, with Barcelona ready to cash in. (Mundo Deportivo)
Manchester United have been told that any bid for Moussa Diaby will be waved away by Bayer Leverkusen in January. It’s reported they see the €50m winger as ‘untouchable’ mid season. (Bild)
Chelsea face competition from AC Milan in the €10m hunt for Malmo defender Anel Ahmedhodzic. (Calciomercato)
POGBA IS REAL MADRID’S PLAN B
Paul Pogba has re-emerged as a Real Madrid transfer target for summer of 2021 – but only if they can’t land Eduardo Camavinga. (AS)
West Ham could miss out on Silkeborg defender Frederik Alves after Torino made a move for the €10m-rated defender. (Calciomercato)
Juventus are to put Cristiano Ronaldo up for sale in summer 2021 and hope to recoup a large chunk of their €100m investment. (AS)
Inter Milan are looking to pounce on Barcelona for Junior Firpo in the Jnauary transfer window. (Mundo Deportivo)
Ansu Fati will undergo surgery in the next 24 hours after suffering a knee injury in Barcelona’s 5-2 LaLiga win over Real Betis on Saturday. The winger faces up to five months on the sidelines. (Marca)
Neymar has told his agent that he wants to continue at PSG, ending long-running speculation he could return to Barcelona. (Mundo Deportivo)
AND MORE FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Antonio Conte remains determined to sign N’Golo Kante for Inter Milan next summer – but Real Madrid are also monitoring the Chelsea man. (Canal+)
Celta Vigo have parted ways with coach Oscar Garcia after their third defeat in five games over the weekend. (various)