Tottenham’s contract negotiations with playmaker Christian Eriksen have hit a major impasse, according to reports today.
The Danish international’s current contract runs out in 2018, but Tottenham are keen to tie him down to a new long-term deal in order to ward of interest from clubs such as Inter, Juventus or Manchester United, all of whom have been linked with the player recently.
The 24-year-old has become an influential member of the Spurs starting eleven since joining the club, and is keen to see that reflected in his salary.
Eriksen is currently paid just over £30,000 per week on the contract he signed he arrived when he arrived from Ajax in 2013. The club’s highest-paid player, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, earns £75,000.
Tottenham have been able to keep players happy on one of the lowest wage structures, relative to their place in the Premier League table anyway, for some time now but there is little chance of that policy holding firm going forward. particularly in the wake of the club’s Champions League qualification.
Clubs such as West Ham, for instance, are now paying their players far more than they used to, and even Crystal Palace are going to match Christian Benteke’s £120,000 Liverpool wages assuming he completes his move from Anfield.
Jan Vertonghen and Érik Lamela are also coming to the end of their contracts, and both are also likely to want massive increases on their current deals.
Tottenham have already seen moves for Michy Batshuayi and Georginio Wijnaldum break down due to their wage/transfer policy, and that is almost certain to continue to be a problem for the club’s ability to attract talent unless Daniel Levy accepts that the structure in its current form cannot continue.
Tottenham will be hoping that a compromise can be reached with Eriksen in the near future, while they also remain in the market for new signings ahead of the close of the transfer window on August 31st.