Antonio Conte had a plan with Inter Milan.
The club would sign Arturo Vidal in this transfer window and then get Christian Eriksen on a free when his Tottenham contract expires.
Like many transfer plans, there’s been problems.
Barcelona don’t want to play ball, and Vidal doesn’t appear to be pushing for a move himself. Therefore, all eyes turn to Eriksen, and that he’s having a difficult Spurs period makes a January exit seem likelier.
Tuesday’s edition of Gazzetta dello Sport goes big on the possible ‘Brexit’ of Eriksen and Olivier Giroud. Conte, upset over Vidal, ‘will console himself’ with the Spurs man.
It’s not thought there’ll be a quick ‘London Blitz’ (this cheese belong to Gazzetta, not us), and the ‘hottest hours’ for the Dane will be next week.
Eriksen is said to be holding two offers, one from PSG and one from Inter. The latter is worth €7.5m (after tax) plus bonuses a year, and he prefers the Italian idea because he’d be more of a protagonist.
Now Inter’s leaders ‘have to deal with Levy’, and it’s pointed out that’s ‘not exactly the simplest’ task. Wanting to pay €10m, rather than the €20m requested by Tottenham, there’s a possibility they could include bonuses.
Giroud’s potential move is thought to be simpler.