It’s that time of year again where agents start making noise. The motives are not always clear, but public comments are always a sign that there’s going to be an issue between a player and the club on the horizon.
Christian Eriksen’s representative Martin Schoots had this to say to French website Footmercato (via Sport) at the weekend:
“The only thing I can say about Christian is that various clubs want him, but we prefer not to say anything.”
It’s a clever ploy in some respects. The only thing he mentions is that there are a number of interested clubs, but that can be interpreted in a number of ways.
It could be a sign that the Danish international is seeking to leave, but if the recent photos of him and Poch together in Denmark are anything to go by, it hardly suggests our no.23 is angling for a move away.
Far more likely is this is a negotiating tactic. As the Evening Standard has already mentioned, the club are trying to tie down up to six players to new contracts, with Eriksen being close to the top of that list.
Schoots is probably trying to stir things up by making interest in his client public. As we all know, Daniel Levy is a tough negotiator and whatever contract that has been put on the table to the Dane, it seems to be unacceptable to the player currently.
Making it known that there are other teams looking to sign the playmaker is one of the oldest tricks in the book. Encouraging interest in order to secure a better salary for his client.
I have no doubt that there are teams genuinely interested in recruiting Eriksen. After all, he had an excellent season, but even the teams he has been linked with such as Barcelona and Real Madrid, are not said to be going all in to sign him.
Last week, Marca hinted at Real’s interest but stated that no bid would be forthcoming this summer. Barca are said to be keener but the two major sports newspapers in the city dispute how realistic a bid will be. Sport believe the club may consider him as an alternative for Antoine Griezmann but Mundo Deportivo say a move for the player would be impossible.
With all that being said then, Schoots’s attempts to get a better deal for his midfielder are unlikely to get him anywhere with Levy. Such loose talk from agents always cause a stir among the fanbase, but I can’t see our great Dane moving any time soon. Hopefully, any speculation can be put to bed with a lengthy contract extension!