Noel Whelan believes £40million would be a fair price for a club to pay Tottenham for playmaker Christian Eriksen in the January transfer window.
The former Coventry City and Leeds United attacker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Laura O’Leary, says that given Eriksen’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season then £40million would be a decent deal all round.
Spurs are reportedly hoping to sell the Danish attacking midfielder to Real Madrid in January with the Spanish giants poised to firm up their interest in the 27-year-old after he admitted previously that he was keen to join them.
Tottenham were believed to want around £100million for Eriksen in the summer, but Whelan implied that Spurs were going to have to significantly cut his price tag in order to get rid.
When asked what would be a fair price to sell Eriksen for in January amid Real Madrid’s interest, Whelan told Football Insider: “It’s a real shame for the Premier League to lose a player like that but Real Madrid will know what they’re getting with a player like that.
“If the player’s heart is not in the football club, which it doesn’t seem to be, and if he is adamant that he wants to leave the football club, then it’s best for both parties to get him out.
“Somebody out of contract like that? You’ve got to be looking at the £40million mark.”
Despite Eriksen’s uncertain future at Spurs the playmaker has continued to feature for Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season and has scored one goal, while registering one assist, in the eight league appearances he has made.
The 27-year-old arrived at the London club from Ajax in 2013 and has scored a grand total of 67 goals as well as registered 87 assists for the club in the 288 appearances he has made.