Chelsea are keeping a close eye on developments at White Hart Lane amid speculation that Tottenham star Christian Eriksen is unhappy with the way contract talks with his club are progressing.
The Danish international has two years to run on his current deal and is locked in discussions over a new deal with some sources claiming Eriksen has demanded a massive pay hike.
The former Ajax man, who moved to North London in August 2013, is currently on a £32k a week deal but the Daily Telegraph claim Eriksen has demanded a massive £150k a week deal.
Such a salary would make the cultured attacker Tottenham’s biggest earner by quite some distance.
However Eriksen’s agent, Martin Schoots, claims such speculation is unfounded and has moved to state his client is ‘happy’ at Tottenham (via the London Evening Standard).
Regardless of the Daily Telegraph article the fact remains that Tottenham find themselves vulnerable to offers for Eriksen and would do well to have this situation nipped in the bud.
Chelsea have been hot on the heels of further creative midfield talents this summer, with Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez being a key target, and now Conte is considering a move for Eriksen with a £35m fee being mooted.
Eriksen has proven a big hit over the course of his three completed seasons at Tottenham and will have Champions League football to look forward to in 2016/17, which is more than can be said for Chelsea, however a move to West London would certainly be a better paid endeavour and arguably Conte’s side can offer the 24-year-old a better chance of matching the player’s long-term ambitions.
Chelsea stars Oscar, Pedro and Eden Hazard were all found wanting last term, though the Belgian member of this trio did at least see a marked upturn in form over the latter stages of the season, and one can well see why Conte would look to Eriksen to provide the ammunition for his forwards.