If you didn’t already know, Christian Eriksen is pretty good at football.
Despite being ever-present in Tottenham’s midfield since 2013, Eriksen doesn’t receive anywhere near the amount of plaudits he deserves
But it was impossible to ignore the 25-year-old after his display for Denmark against the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday night.
After a goalless first-half, Denmark knew they faced a tough test to reach the World Cup finals.
And, despite going 1-0 down within five minutes thanks to Shane Duffy’s header, they ran out convincing 5-1 winners.
The architect? Eriksen.
He scored a hat-trick, taking his tally to 11 goals scored in the qualifying stage.
It’s fair to say the country of Denmark owe Eriksen for sending them to Russia.
While Spurs will no doubt be proud of Eriksen’s display, you couldn’t blame them for feeling a little worried about him attracting interest from top European clubs.
In fact, Barcelona contacted Daniel Levy in the summer as he enquired about the talented footballer.
Levy is renowned for being a tough negotiator and has already taken advantage of the riches of Real Madrid by hiking up the prices for both Gareth Bale and Luka Modric.
But Barca technical secretary, Robert Fernandez, wasn’t expected Levy to quote such a crazy fee when he asked about the possibility of signing Eriksen.
What Daniel Levy said to Barcelona
After selling Neymar for €222 million, the Catalan club had money to spend - and it seems Levy was only too aware.
And his response to Barcelona wanting to sign Eriksen? "If PSG paid €222 million for Neymar, Christian Eriksen costs €225 million.”
€225 million!? Wow.
That’s according to Mundo Deportivo, who claim Eriksen is still dreaming of a move to Barcelona.
Eriksen on joining Barcelona
He has previously spoken of his admiration for the club and admitted that it would be difficult to say no if they came in with an offer.
"I still have a contract with Tottenham for a few more seasons (until 2020). There are always rumors about soccer players and I am one of them. Barça is a great club and I do not think there are many players who can say 'no' to Barça," he said.
“There is nothing concrete with Barcelona. This is a hypothetical question, if it happens. You can dream and hope that there is a real possibility. But if not, you can not decide.”
Any chances of them bidding €225 million looks rather slim, though.