Liverpool and Tottenham are set to scrap it out for Ajax starlet Christian Eriksen in the summer, according to the Evening Standard.
The paper reports that Ajax are willing to consider offers this summer after the 21-year-old Danish international revealed he won’t sign a new contract to extend his stay in Amsterdam beyond it’s current end-date in 2014.
And it seems as though it will be a straight shoot-out for his signature between Liverpool and Tottenham, who have been scouting him 'every week', after numerous big-name suitors dropped out of the running.
According to the Standard, Manchester United and Arsenal have previously shown an interest in the talented youngster but believe they have enough options in the attacking midfield position, where Eriksen likes to operate, as it is, while Barcelona are also similarly well stocked.
The London-based paper quote a “senior” Ajax source as saying: “Christian wants to play in the Premier League and we think he will do well there. The club had discussed the option of keeping him until the end of his contract but it makes sense now to sell.
“Liverpool and Spurs are scouting him almost every week. Arsenal are no longer interested and Man United are not on the scene. The club will not let him go cheaply so there is a long way to go but it seems likely he will move to Tottenham or Liverpool.”
Tottenham were in the market for a creative midfielder last summer as a replacement for the Real Madrid-bound Luka Modric, but narrowly failed with a move for Porto’s Joao Moutinho.
That deal is unlikely to be resurrected this summer and a move for Eriksen appears more financially plausible.
The north London club are said to be hopeful that Eriksen’s former Ajax team-mate Jan Vertonghen, now with Spurs, will be able to persuade him to choose north London over Anfield.
Speaking earlier in the season, Vertonghen said of the Danish star: “Technically, he’s one of the best players I’ve played with. He can use his right foot and his left foot equally well.”
Despite Tottenham’s interest, Liverpool remain hopeful of getting a deal done at the end of the season.
The Standard report that both Liverpool and Tottenham will be asked to cough up around £14 million for Eriksen, who has six goals in 24 league games this season, but Spurs chairman is hopeful of driving the price down to around £8 million