Ajax starlet set for Premier League?
Christian Eriksen has refused to sign a new contract at Ajax, heightening speculation he could be set for a summer move to the Premier League
Attacking midfielders are all the rage at the moment, and Christian Eriksen has already been linked with Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
His manager at Ajax, Ronald de Boer, warned fans in November that there was a chance Eriksen would leave the club in January. Although a move failed to materialise last month, it has now emerged that the 20-year-old playmaker has refused a contract offer from Ajax, opening the door for move to one of Europe's biggest clubs this summer.
Eriksen’s contract runs until 2014, and if he leaves this summer, De Boer is sure to get a good amount of money for him. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas was rumoured to have made a move for Eriksen at the turn of the year, any may rekindle their interest come the summer.
It seems Eriksen, who turns 21 tomorrow (Thursday) is fixated on leaving, too, having said: "I believe that my future will be among Spain, England, Italy and Germany."
According to Villas-Boas, losing Gareth Bale in the summer would be akin to Barcelona losing Lionel Messi, or Real Madrid losing Cristiano Ronaldo. If Spurs were to lose their Welsh wing wizard, they’d need to reinforce with several attacking players.
Eriksen would definitely be a viable option, and with his contract expiry a year on from this summer, Ajax will not want to wait until January to cash in on the starlet, as that would mean a reduced transfer fee. However, imminent interest from other top clubs across Europe may mean 'AVB' will have to act quickly.
For those that haven’t seen Eriksen in action, you have to look no further than his top-class performances, at the age of just 19, for Denmark last year. He was one of the best players on the pitch in the win over the Netherlands, and also performed admirably against Germany and Portugal - not an easy feat.
Don’t be surprised if Eriksen makes a big impact in the Premier League or La Liga in the coming years, should a move come to fruition.
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