Darren Bent suggests that Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen will be disappointed that talks are ongoing over a move to Inter Milan rather than another big club.
The former Spurs and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Danish international would have had his sights set on joining a giant of European football this month.
Inter Milan chief Piero Ausilio told Sky Sports that a transfer offer had been tabled to Tottenham for Eriksen and the broadcaster report that the player’s agent will meet with Daniel Levy today (Tuesday, 21 January) to hold crunch talks over the move.
However, Bent suggests that Eriksen would have been looking to join a club like Real Madrid or Barcelona and that a move to Inter would be a case of him moving to whoever would take him.
“I almost feel with Christian Eriksen, it’s got to a point I’m not sure he really even wants to go to Inter Milan but it’s kind of been forced upon him now,” Bent told Football Insider.
“Because he’s made it so clear he wants to leave and I’m sure in the summer he had all these options, Real Madrid, Barcelona, all these top, top teams – no disrespect to Inter Milan who are a top team, but they would have been down on his list.
“It would have been Real Madrid, Barcelona first and if that doesn’t work out, he’d see what’s available. I don’t even think he even wants to go there but because it’s maybe one of the only options that he’s got, he’s got to take it really.
“It doesn’t seem like he’s kicking and screaming to go there, he’s not jumping joy saying: ‘Hurry up, I want to get this deal done, I want to go, I want to go.’ For him it’s been hard.”
Eriksen has managed to chip in with just three goals and three assists in 27 appearances this season, with just 10 starts in the Premier League.
He has a total of 304 games under his belt for the Lilywhites.