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Mourinho temptation for former Spur star’s return shunted by Levy barrier

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho “would like” to have Christian Eriksen back on loan but there is a blockade preventing any such deal, according to one journalist.

Eriksen left Spurs for Inter last January under Mourinho‘s guidance, months after announcing his departure plans.

However, his move across Europe has not worked out. The Dane has struggled for game time under boss Antonio Conte, who will not change his system to suit the player.

As such, talk of another move so soon after his previous switch has surfaced. What’s more, he has entertained links with a move back to north London.

According to journalist Fabrizio Romano (via Twitter), Mourinho feels tempted by offering Eriksen a temporary lifeline.

However, the 28-year-old’s salary is the “main issue” causing concern. Eriksen earns €7.5million (£6.7million) per season after tax, which Spurs are not willing to stump up again.

Indeed, chairman Daniel Levy recently sanctioned another Spurs star’s return in the form of Gareth Bale’s loan.

Tottenham are already paying £220,000 per week of his £600,000 per week wage that he took home at Real Madrid (as per The Telegraph).

Therefore, Romano adds that there are “no advanced talks yet” between Eriksen’s agent and the north Londoners.

However, his representative is working to find a solution for his client before this month’s transfer window closes.

In any case, Eriksen hopes to return to the Premier League. West Ham and Arsenal have previously been named as potential suitors.

The midfielder has only played nine times in Serie A this season. What’s more, those contributions amount to 294 minutes – the equivalent of just over three 90-minute stints.

Mourinho shirks Alli questions

Just as Eriksen was heavily linked with his move to Inter before it happened, Dele Alli is now facing speculation over his Spurs exit.

The England international has struggled for match minutes all season. He has often faced omission from squads altogether.

However, Mourinho refused to answer questions on the situation in his latest press conference.

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