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Juventus have made an enquiry about Christian Eriksen, Football Insider sources understand.
The Serie A champions are long-time admirers of the Tottenham playmaker and have been alerted by his failure to sign a new contact.
Football Insider revealed in January that Eriksen had reached an agreement in principle on a new five-year deal worth £22.9million.
The attacking midfielder, whose current deal expires in 2018, has indicated to the club he will commit to a deal that will lift his salary to £80,000-a-week and run until 2021.
However, the contract has not yet been signed, which has prompted Juventus to make an enquiry through third parties about the player.
Eriksen has established himself as a key figure at White Hart Lane during his three seasons at the club. He has started 30 of the team’s 35 Premier League matches this season and has scored six goals and supplied 12 assists.
A source close to the Tottenham boardroom has told Football Insider that the club are hopeful Eriksen’s deal will be completed before the summer although they are aware of Juventus’ interest.
The Denmark international could be persuaded to put pen to paper after Mauricio Pochettino revealed on Friday that he will extend his deal until 2021.
Eriksen, 24, has strongly hinted in the past that he will sign a Tottenham extension after being convinced by the club’s ambitions.
“We’re still talking about the contract. It’s all positive. I think everyone can see that I can fulfil my ambitions here,” Eriksen said in February.
Spurs have previously cashed in on their prized assets, such as Dimitar Berbatov, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, but Pochettino wants to keep the current squad together and develop a youthful and hugely promising group of players.
Other than simply keeping the squad together for Pochettino, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is well aware that the likes of Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, Erik Lamela will be more valuable if they are tied to longer contracts.
In other Tottenham news, it has been reported that Bayern Munich have a “crush” on a 22-year-old Spurs ace.