Sixteen days into the transfer window and, as expected, Christian Eriksen has picked up a lot of headlines.
With the Dane’s contract at Tottenham expiring in the summer and very little chance of a renewal, it was inevitable he’d be a wanted man this month.
That has proven to be the case, with big clubs in Europe linked with making a move or at least registering an interest.
At the minute it appears to be Inter Milan who are leading the race, with the Italian side in talks with Tottenham over a deal and, reportedly, even holding a meeting this week.
The Tottenham midfielder’s agent has been holding talks with others, though, and one of those clubs was reportedly Bayern Munich.
They were rumoured to be in the race at one point, although, according to Sky Sports Germany’s ‘transfer experts’ Max Bielefeld and Marc Behrenbeck, this was all just part of Bayern’s efforts to keep their options open.
“Inter Milan continues to talk to Eriksen,” Bielefeld claimed.
“But there was also contact between Hasan Salihamidzic and Eriksen’s adviser.
“A change to Bayern, however, is very unlikely because Bayern do not need a central midfielder.
“Even if the change is very unlikely, a club like Bayern has to knock on Eriksen’s door to avoid closing the door completely for a transfer,” added Behrenbeck.
So, Bayern were never really interested in signing Eriksen from Tottenham, but they had to pretend they were so that, in the unlikely case they did become interested, the door wasn’t shut in their face.