Revealed: Tottenham set to seal £22.9million deal
By Editor Wayne Veysey| Former Evening Standard, Press Association and Goal chief correspondent with 18 years experience of breaking big stories, including exclusives like this
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Christian Eriksen is close to agreeing a new £22.9million Tottenham contract, Football Insider sources understand.
The attacking midfielder is ready to commit to a deal that will lift his salary to £80,000-a-week and run until 2021.
Eriksen’s current £60,000-a-week agreement has two-and-a-half years left but Spurs are keen to reward his status as one of the team’s most important players.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that talks have been taking place for months about an extension and all parties are now confident that an agreement is nearly in place.
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Eriksen was the subject of strong interest from Manchester United last summer but Spurs had no desire to cash in on a player who has been key to their resurgence under Mauricio Pochettino.
He has scored four goals and supplied nine assists in 22 Premier League matches this season for the second-placed team.
The 23-year-old, who was recently crowned Danish Player of the Year for a record third consecutive year, signed a five-year contract when he arrived from Ajax for £10million in the summer of 2013.
Speaking last month about the possibility of a new deal, Eriksen told Danish broadcaster TV 3 Sport: “We are talking [about a contract], so it is coming, yes. Well, it looks positive.”
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