Inter Milan blocked Tottenham from signing Christian Eriksen on loan in January as a sign of “revenge”, it is claimed.
Eriksen left Tottenham for Inter in January 2020. However, his time in Italy has not been a great success.
The attacking midfielder has struggled to find a role in Antonio Conte’s system. As such, the club openly admitted that he could leave just 12 months after his arrival.
Tottenham were among the contenders to sign Eriksen, but the only wanted to take him back on loan. Inter would have preferred a permanent deal.
Hence, there was no agreement between the two clubs. Now, a report has shed further light on why things went wrong.
According to Calciomercato, Inter purposefully made negotiations difficult with Tottenham after the Premier League club did the same to them the previous year.
Tottenham chief Daniel Levy refused to drop his asking price for Eriksen when selling him to Inter in 2020. It took an affirmation from Jose Mourinho that he didn’t want a player who wasn’t fully committed to convince Levy to sell.
In return, Inter denied Tottenham’s request last month to take Eriksen back. Spurs did not want to pay a loan fee or any of the playmaker’s wages.
After how the negotiations went the previous year, Inter did not want to do a deal on such terms.
The 29-year-old has since found a bit more joy on the pitch. He scored a free kick to win the Milan Derby in the Coppa Italia and has started three of their five games in all competitions since.
His long-term future at San Siro remains unclear, though.
Chelsea an option for Eriksen
A report earlier this month suggested that an exit could still be on the cards for Eriksen in the summer. But instead of joining Tottenham, he could move to their London rivals Chelsea.
According to Calciomercatoweb, Chelsea could be willing to take part in a swap deal, sending Jorginho to Inter in return for Eriksen.
However, there is a catch, as they do not yet agree with Inter about the value of each player.