By Tom Blackburn
Juventus and Inter Milan are plotting moves to bring Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen to Italy, according to a report.
The Mirror claimed on Friday night that the 24-year-old has reached a contract stalemate with the north London club due to him demanding £150,000-a-week, which would represent an eyewatering £118,000-a-week rise on his current £32,000-a-week deal.
Italian publication Gazzetta Dello Sport now claim Juventus and Inter are keeping an eye on proceedings should the Denmark international push for a move from White Hart Lane.
It is said Juventus have long had Eriksen on their radar and would be willing to vastly increase his current salary, while newly-appointed Inter manager Frank de Boer is a big fan of attacking midfielder after working with him during their time at Ajax.
Eriksen, who has two years remaining on his current contract, posted a response to reports about his supposed contract demands on Saturday night.
Speaking on his personal Twitter account, Eriksen urged fans not to “believe everything you read on the Internet” accompanied by a thinking emoji.
The former Ajax player moved to White Hart Lane in the summer of 2013 for a £12.5million fee.
He played a key role in helping Tottenham qualify for the Champions League last season, scoring eight goals and providing 16 assists in his 47 appearances for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
It is unlikely that the Argentine manager will be keen for one of his star players leave the club, as he looks to progress on their third place finish from the last campaign.
Chairman Daniel Levy is also a very tough negotiator and he has racked up a total of £168million for departing quartet Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane.
In other Tottenham transfer news, their target holds aloft an Italian club shirt after settling terms.