Way back in 2013, Liverpool were set to sign Christian Eriksen. The Reds were in pole position to snap up the promising young playmaker from Ajax. Enter stage left, Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs stole the Danish midfielder from the Reds’ grasp, agreeing an £11.5m deal with the Dutch club. The maestro’s contract is up at the end of the season and Jermaine Jenas has backed Liverpool to snap up Christian Eriksen on a free over the summer.
Player power is at all time high in football. Since the landmark bosman ruling, footballers have steadily wrestled more control over their destiny and have made millions in the process. A good case in point is Aaron Ramsey’s £400k a week deal at Juventus. Is the Welsh midfielder worth nearly half a million a week? Of course not. Is Ramsey worth paying £400k a week if he comes without a transfer fee? Well, still no – but we can understand why he’s been able to command such a wage.
There has been much said about the future of Eriksen, with Real Madrid the favourites to sign the Dane. Jermaine Jenas told The Mirror, “If I was Eriksen and the bid didn’t come in that I wanted to come in, I would sit tight, I wouldn’t rush. Not only can I move for free in the summer, but that brings in Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, all the big hitters, Man Utd, even Liverpool.”
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If Liverpool sign Christian Eriksen it would be a major coup. He is undeniably one of the best creative midfielders in the world and the Reds are crying out for more flair in the middle.
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The major obstacles to the Reds clinching the Dane are finances and competition. Real Madrid are sniffing around and have been making overtures for a couple of seasons now. When Los Galacticos come knocking, it is difficult for any player to say no.
Financially, Eriksen can command ridiculous wages. He currently earns 75k a week according to Spotrac. To get a player of his quality without having to pay an enormous transfer fee will put his agent in an extraordinary bargaining position. The Reds are unlikely to break from their wage structure and potentially upset the apple cart in order to bring in the playmaker. Should Liverpool sign Christian Eriksen? Yes. Will Liverpool sign Christian Eriksen? If Real Madrid lose interest, just maybe.