It’s been over a month since Christian Eriksen gave an interview to Danish paper Ekstra Bladet where he’s quoted as saying:
“I feel that I am at a stage of my career where I would like to try something new. I have the deepest respect for everything that is happening at Tottenham and it would not be something negative to stay. But I have also said that I would like to try something new.”
Eriksen has become a regular in Mauricio Pochettino’s team since his £11.5m move from Dutch giants Ajax in 2013 and has made 277 appearances for the North London club in which he’s scored 66 goals and got 86 assists.
The Danish playmaker also finished top of Spurs’ assist chart for last season – getting 12 assists in 35 Premier League appearances, the next in the list being Heung-Min Son with six assists in 31 appearances.
Since news broke that Eriksen could be looking to leave the club Spurs have been linked with a few playmakers including Real Betis’ Argentinian midfielder Giovani Lo Celso who impressed with nine goals and four assists in La Liga last season but reports suggest that Spurs’ move from him has stalled over Betis’ valuation of the midfielder.
Another name that has been linked is Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos who only started 13 games for the Spanish giants last season and is reported to be possibly joining Spurs on a loan deal by Spanish outlet Estadio Deportivo.
The latest name linked to Spurs has been AS Roma’s 20-year-old Italian midfielder Nicolò Zaniolo and Italian paper Corriere Dello Sport is reporting that Spurs could offer €23m and Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld in a deal for Zaniolo.
Zaniolo, who has previously been linked with North London rivals Arsenal, has shown his versatility this season playing in a multitude of positions for Roma including as an attacking midfielder, a central midfielder, a right-winger or even a game as a striker.
In the 27 appearances he’s made for Roma in Serie A he’s scored four goals and got two assists and averages 1.5 dribbles per 90 which is more than Lucas Moura (1.4 per 90), Harry Kane (1.4 per 90), Dele Alli (1.2 per 90) and Christian Eriksen (0.5 per game).
Zaniolo also averages 1.3 tackles per 90 which match Spurs’ highest midfielders in Dele Alli and Eric Dier who both also have 1.3 per 90 and beats the likes of Moussa Sissoko and Christian Eriksen (both on 1.2 per 90), Victor Wanyama (1.0 per 90) and Harry Winks (0.8 per 90).
If Spurs do decide to try to sign Nicolò Zaniolo they’ll be getting a rapidly rising prospect who has gone from never playing a Serie A game to an Italian international in the space of one season and the reported bid of €23m plus Alderweireld whose £25m release clause can be activated now, would represent a much smaller price than the reported price of £70m that it would take to possibly tempt Real Betis into selling Lo Celso.