Inter Milan are working to bring Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen to the club but a move in January is unlikely.
That’s according to Tuttosport, who say the Dane is very much a player that the Italian side are keen on signing this year.
Eriksen’s contract at Tottenham expires in the summer, and as a result, he is free to discuss a move with European sides this month.
Several have been linked with a transfer, and it seems Inter are particularly determined to try and get an agreement sorted.
According to Tuttosport, they began working on a deal back in August, when Beppe Marotta and Piero Ausilio submitted a report to the club’s owners, Suning, detailing the costs and benefits of signing Eriksen.
They are now pushing forward with their plans to sign him, and Tottenham believe the club now have Eriksen ‘in their grip’.
They have put a €20m asking price on Eriksen’s head to try and avoid losing him for free, but that has fallen on deaf ears at Inter so far.
The Italian side are trying to sign Arturo Vidal from Barcelona and are focusing their efforts on him as he is considered ‘more functional’ by Antonio Conte.
Finances also limit them and unless there are departures by the club can only afford to do loan deals with purchase options this month.
That is something they cannot do for Eriksen given his contract expires this summer and has seemingly scuppered Tottenham’s efforts to avoid losing the midfielder for free.
They are ‘ready to sit at the table’ with Inter to avoid it happening, although, as stated, Conte’s focus is on Vidal at present.
The move for him is likely to determine what happens with Eriksen, but the fact Eriksen would be welcomed at the San Siro ‘as a king’ means Tottenham have plenty of worrying left to do.