Christian Eriksen’s remarkable return to football has captured the headlines in recent months, with the midfielder recovering from the traumatic scenes of his Euro 2020 collapse to shine in the Premier League.
The Denmark international signed a short-term deal with Brentford after leaving Inter Milan, with Italian football rules prohibiting professional footballers competing with the Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) Eriksen had fitted after the scenes last summer.
Eriksen has had a huge impact since signing for the Bees, flourishing under the guidance of compatriot Thomas Frank to propel Brentford away from the relegation places and to the sanctuary of mid-table.
Given his six-month contract is due to expire at the end of the season, there are a number of clubs reportedly considering a move for the 30-year-old following his impressive performances in the Premier League.
So for those of you who like to follow the latest soccer odds, here are the bookmakers’ five favourites to sign Christian Eriksen this summer.
Leicester – 16/1
Leicester have been linked with a move to sign Eriksen as a free agent, as the Foxes look to rebuild following a disappointing domestic campaign.
Brendan Rodgers’ side struggled to a eight place finish in the table after the success of consecutive fifth-place finishes in the Premier League and the signing of Eriksen on a free transfer would be a fine addition to the club’s ranks.
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Christian Eriksen made a surprise visit to a heart screening event, with Head Coach Thomas Frank.
The fundraiser took place in memory Brentford Football Club's former Technical Director, Robert Rowan who passed away suddenly in 2018. pic.twitter.com/pVD84TsiOq
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 2, 2022
Youri Tielemans is expected to leave the Foxes as he enters the final 12 months of his deal this summer and Eriksen could be a shrewd signing to replace the composed quality and creativity of the Belgian in midfield.
A move to the King Power Stadium could also see Eriksen link up with some familiar faces, with international teammates Kasper Schmeichel and Jannick Vestergaard part of the Leicester squad.
Newcastle – 12/1
Newcastle are expected to be among the busier clubs this summer, as the Magpies prepare to embark on a new era under the guidance of their billionaire-backed ownership.
Eddie Howe has done an impressive job in leading Newcastle away from the relegation places, but the ambitions of the owners are far greater that mid-table security.
Eriksen has proven himself as an elite creator at Premier League level with no Brentford player having created more chances since his arrival, whilst he has recorded one goal and four assists from 11 league appearances for the Bees.
Howe’s recruitment so far has been shrewd with the likes of Dan Burn, Matt Targett and Bruno Guimaraes having been integral to Newcastle’s improved form, though Eriksen would represent a statement signing for a side filled with ambition.
Tottenham – 3/1
It can be argued that Tottenham never truly replaced Eriksen, with the midfielder having departed for Inter Milan in search of a new challenge in January 2020.
Since then the North Londoners have largely lacked a creative spark from midfield and that has raised the prospect of the Dane signing for Spurs as his own replacement.
Eriksen spent six-and-a-half seasons at Spurs and made 305 appearances in all competitions for the club, twice being named as the side’s Player of the Season during a successful spell in the capital.
Christian Eriksen already has more Premier League assists for Brentford than he got in his entire Serie A spell with Inter Milan 🐝🇩🇰 pic.twitter.com/x6bMxIzkcQ
— LiveScore (@livescore) May 7, 2022
Having also worked under Antonio Conte at Inter Milan, a reunion could be feasible as the Italian looks for a cost-efficient method of strengthening his squad in North London.
Having allowed the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Dele Alli and Giovani Lo Celso to leave in January, the signing of Eriksen on a free transfer would be superb short-term business for a Spurs side looking to add quality in midfield.
Manchester United – 2/1
Manchester United are 2/1 second-favourites to sign Eriksen this summer, having been regularly linked with a move for the Denmark international in past windows.
Erik ten Hag will arrive as manager this summer and there is expected to be mass changes at Old Trafford, with a number of senior players – including Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Edinson Cavani and Nemanja Matic – all set to leave as free agents.
That quintet are all aged 29 or over and Eriksen’s arrival could help replace some of the experience lost this summer, whilst simultaneously improving the midfield options of a team whose engine room has been criticised during a worst-ever Premier League campaign.
Ten Hag will be handed funds to invest in his squad with numbers and quality needed, though Eriksen’s availability as a free agent is sure to appeal to a Red Devils’ side in need of a refresh.
Stay at Brentford – 5/4
Eriksen’s remarkable renaissance at Brentford has made signing a new deal with the Bees his most likely outcome, having flourished in Thomas Frank’s side since the New Year.
Frank has made no secret of his desire to keep hold of the Dane, whilst club captain Pontus Jansson spoke on his desire to see Eriksen pen a new deal following a 3-0 win over Southampton.
“He has made a huge difference with what he has done in the last three months, it’s been unbelievable,” Jansson said.
“Hopefully he stays. He is a world-class player.
“He would start most games for any club he went to because he is one of the best players in the Premier League. Of course we want him to continue to play for us.”
Brentford before and after Christian Eriksen's first start:
— Premier League (@premierleague) May 7, 2022
Brentford’s signing of Eriksen was seen as a masterstroke with his impact having been immediate to lead the Bees away from relegation fears.
Eriksen’s ambition is to represent Denmark at the World Cup in Qatar later this year after making a successful international return in March and his comfortability – alongside a guarantee of first-team football and leading role – at Brentford make signing a new deal ahead of the tournament a real prospect.