Tottenham are preparing to kick off their new Premier League campaign against Everton this Saturday, but an off-the-field contract dispute is currently in the limelight at the club.
Midfielder Christian Eriksen currently has only two years left on his current contract, to which he earns a shocking £32,000 a week. For a player of his quality, anyone would expect he would be on a lot more money than that.
With Spurs still hoping to agree on a contract extension with the Dane, his agent has demanded £150,000 a week for his client to sign a new deal at the north London-based football club. A demand which has apparently stunned the club's chairman Daniel Levy, according to the Telegraph.
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However, Eriksen has good reason to ask for such an increase in wages, as Italian sides Juventus and Inter Milan are both said to be interested in acquiring the midfielder's services. The current Serie A champions would be willing to pay the Dane's wage demands, while Inter would see him link back up with former Ajax and current Inter boss Frank de Boer.
The 24-year-old isn't the only player at Tottenham that is yet to agree upon a deal extension, as defender Jan Vertonghen and midfielder Erik Lamela, whose current contracts also expire in 2018, are yet to sign for a longer stay at the club.
It may be the case though that due to Spurs' strict approach when dealing with money, the club will have to let the three players above eventually leave the club. Tottenham missed out on signing striker Michy Batshuayi this summer as they wouldn't meet the £110,000-a-week offered to him by their London rivals Chelsea.
They also missed out on midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum - who went to Liverpool instead - as they felt £25 million was too much for the Dutch star.
Spurs must make sure they do not get complacent when discussing contract extensions with their current players and sticking with their policies. If players can be paid elsewhere these days, you see them leave more often than staying loyal to their current clubs.
Tottenham does not want to break up this young and talented squad this early, as it could be very damaging towards their Premier League title hopes in the years to come, especially with the big teams around them such as Manchester United and Manchester City improving their squads from last season.
Eriksen scored six goals and had 13 assists last season. If that isn't enough for £150,000-a-week in the Premier League, then I'm not sure what is.
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