Tottenham fans are ecstatic right now after the club breached the £50 million transfer fee mark, paid for one player. Tanguy NDombele signed from Lyon for a club record £63 million. Almost a month ago, Christian Eriksen had said that he was hopeful of leaving Spurs for a ‘step-up’ in his career. That step has largely been believed to be Real Madrid, who are yet to bid for the Dane, despite spending more than £250 million so far.
Christian Eriksen’s contract is running out
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy must not regret his inability to sign Eriksen upto a new deal before it reached it’s final year. His hardwork is visible to every fan in the form of a top European level new stadium and now in the form of club record signing Tanguy NDombele.
The French midfielder’s arrival creates a new dilemma for Eriksen. Spurs are now firmly in the ‘best of Europe’ category, with a much improved spending power thanks to years of austerity and smart scheming. Eriksen’s wish was that his public “come and get me” would set Florentino Perez hot on his heels to sign the Spurs playmaker, ala Luca Modric.
That has failed to transpire. Madrid have already bought Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard among several big signings for a sum total of £250 million. They have ignored the chance to even bid with a lowball offer for Eriksen, who contract situation might make him easy to prise.
Past experience with Daniel Levy may have deterred the Madridistas.
All of this could be Levy’s way of handling Eriksen
It should not be a surprise that as the club president, Levy knew in advance how much revenue would flow once the team was a regular deep runner in the Champions League with a huge, European standard stadium. All of this was planned and executed in Daniel Levy’s leadership. So he must have already known the renewed spending power the club will acquire as a result of on-field and off-field performance. NDombele’s signing will make Eriksen ask, are Madrid not in a phase of rebuilding themselves, isn’t Tottenham competing with the best of the best?
Isn’t another Champions League final possible with a transformed transfer policy of spending big and aiming for the top? All of this must be going through the midfielder’s head in the wake of the record NDombele signing.