Four players Tottenham could sign to replace Christian Eriksen

Eriksen’s time at Spurs

Christian Eriksen joined Tottenham in August of 2013 from Eredivisie outfit Ajax for a fee believed to be around £12.15 million.

The Danish international would have an instant impact at Spurs, scoring 12 and assisting 16 in 41 games throughout his debut season in England.

Eriksen’s fine form has since continued season after season, with the now 27-year-old having become an integral member of Spurs’ midfield.

Furthermore, since his Premier League debut, Eriksen has earned the most assists, created the most chances, scored the most goals from outside the box, and netted the most direct free-kicks of any PL player, showing just what a top purchase he has proven to be.

Eriksen wants a new challenge

However, Tottenham could well be set to lose their midfield maestro.

In a recent interview, Eriksen came out and stated that he may want to try something new in his career.

Eriksen went on to state that he was hopeful of finding a resolution during the summer.

“I feel that I am a place in my career where I might want to try something new.

“I have the wildest and deepest respect for everything that has happened at Tottenham – I will not be negative. But I have also said that I would like to try something new.

“I hope there will be a resolution during the summer. That’s the plan.” As quoted by Danish outlet Ekstra Bladet.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 13: Paul Pogba of Manchester United battles with Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on January 13, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Real Madrid & Man United links

The Ajax youth product also spoke about a potential move to Real Madrid, but admitted that they had yet to call for him:

“It’s a step up. But it requires Real Madrid to call Tottenham and say they want Christian. And they have not done so yet, as far as I know.”

Despite Eriksen seemingly courting Los Blancos, Spanish outlet Marca have since reported that Zinedine Zidane only wants to sign Paul Pogba this summer, and is not interested in Eriksen.

With Eriksen’s Madrid move looking less and less likely, he is now being linked with a move to Manchester United

It was also recently reported that Eriksen packed up his house before the Champions League final, which Spurs lost 2-0.

 

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With Eriksen seemingly so keen to leave the north London club this summer, Spurs should perhaps start looking at potential replacements for him.

The midfielder is also coming into the final year of his current contract.

Should Eriksen remain at Spurs in the current window and not put pen to paper on a new deal, Tottenham could lose him for free next summer, with foreign clubs able to sign a pre-contract agreement with the Dane as early as January 2020.

With this in mind, here are four players that Tottenham could sign to help replace Eriksen.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 15: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley FC at Wembley Stadium on December 15, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Giovani Lo Celso

The first player Spurs could replace Eriksen with is Real Betis midfielder, Giovani Lo Celso.

After spending the 2018/19 season on loan at Betis from PSG, the Spanish outfit completed the permanent signing of Lo Celso for a fee of around £19.8 million.

The Argentine does generally play in a slightly deeper role than Eriksen most of the time.

However, the 23-year-old still managed to score 16 and assist 6 in 41 fixtures this past season.

Spurs have already been linked with a move for Lo Celso in recent weeks. Sky Sports News have reported that Betis would likely accept a bid in the region of £70 million for Lo Celso’s services.

Lo Celso is currently on international duty with Argentina, competing in the Copa America.

Giovani Lo Celso

SEVILLE, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 07: Giovani Lo Celso of Real Betis Balompie runs with the ball during the Copa del Semi Final match between Real Betis and Valencia at Estadio Benito Villamarin on February 07, 2019 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Bruno Fernandes

Like Lo Celso, the second player that Tottenham could replace Eriksen with has also been linked with a move to north London.

Sporting CP’s Bruno Fernandes had an outstanding 2018/19 season, which has seemingly caught the eye of some top clubs.

In 53 games for Sporting, the attacking midfielder would score 32 and assist 18. That works out at nearly one goal contribution per game, an outstanding return for a midfielder.

Furthermore, Fernandes was a key member of Portugal’s most recent squad, as they lifted the inaugural Nations League trophy.

As a result, a plethora of clubs, including Manchester United and Tottenham, have been rumoured to be interested in the 24-year-old.

Plus, Spurs will play Champions League football next season, while United will not. That should give Mauricio Pochettino’s side the edge in any potential transfer race.

PORTO, PORTUGAL – JUNE 09: Bruno Fernandes of Portugal looks on during the UEFA Nations League Final between Portugal and the Netherlands at Estadio do Dragao on June 09, 2019 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

Philippe Coutinho

Unlike Lo Celso and Fernandes, Philippe Coutinho has not been linked with a move to Tottenham.

However, Barcelona are reportedly open to moving the Brazilian on after just 18 months at the Nou Camp.

Coutinho has failed to impress in Spain since his big-money move from Liverpool. The 2018/19 campaign saw the little magician score just five and assist two in 34 La Liga clashes.

The Barca man has been linked with a number of clubs already, including PSG, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Given the fact that Chelsea have a transfer ban, and United don’t have Champions League football, Spurs could well swoop in for the Brazilian.

Granted, his form for Barca has not been great, but Coutinho proved during his time at Anfield that he can do it in the Premier League.

Philippe Coutinho

SEVILLE, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 23: Philippe Coutinho of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on February 23, 2019 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Dani Ceballos

The final player that Tottenham could target to replace Christian Eriksen is Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos.

Ceballos made the switch to the Bernabeu in 2017, but he hasn’t had the best of luck since.

The 22-year-old made just 23 La Liga appearances last campaign, scoring three.

However, while Ceballos doesn’t seem to be flourishing in Madrid, he has been putting in some excellent displays for his country.

Ceballos is currently playing for Spain’s under-21s at the 2019 European Under-21 Championships.

Spain have, so far, played three games, with Ceballos having scored two and assisted two in said games.

Moreover, it has been reported by Spanish outfit AS on Monday the 24th of June that Spurs have spoken to Ceballos about a potential move.

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