Christian Eriksen will sign a pre-contract with an overseas club in January and then quit Tottenham next summer.
That is the verdict of ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker Noel Whelan, who has told Football Insider how the Denmark international’s departure from Spurs is “inevitable.
Eriksen is out of contract at Tottenham at the end of the season and his future is up in the air.
Mauricio Pochettino admitted the playmaker came close to leaving the London giants in the recently-closed transfer and does not know if the player will stay beyond this campaign.
“It is inevitable Christian Eriksen will leave Tottenham,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He’s going to run down his deal and sign a pre-contract with a team like Real Madrid, Barcelona or Juventus in January.
“He’s going to get a similar deal to Aaron Ramsey. Eriksen knows he can massively increase his earnings, as no club will have to pay a transfer fee.
“Ramsey got £400,000-a-week from Juventus, and Eriksen will get the same. He is 27 and still in his best years. I can’t see Tottenham offering him £400,000-a-week.
“It means it looks like he will start the process of leaving in January.”
Eriksen was demoted to the bench for two of Tottenham’s first three Premier League matches of the season in what many claimed was a clear indication he was looking to move on before the main European windows shut on 2 September.
But the 27-year-old was outstanding in the north London derby 2-2 draw against Arsenal when he was restored to the starting XI.
He is free to sign a pre-contract with an overseas club from January and then leave Tottenham on a free next summer if he does not agree an extension to his deal.