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Spurs want ‘less than £40m’ for wantaway Eriksen

Tottenham will look to sell Christian Eriksen during the January transfer window with chairman Daniel Levy prepared to accept ‘less than £40m’ for the wantaway star.

The Danish international is out of contract at the end of the season and has shown no indication he is prepared to extend his stay at the club, despite the arrival of Jose Mourinho at the club’s new manager.

Spurs have offered the 27-year-old a deal worth more than a reported £200,000-a-week, a figure which would comfortably place Eriksen amongst the highest earners at the North London side.

Despite the offer, however, Eriksen retains a desire to leave and has indicated to Mourinho that he would like a new challenge, with both Spain and Italy being considered as potential destinations.

Real Madrid and Juventus were linked with the player during the summer window, whilst Inter Milan are also said to be keen on bringing the playmaker to the San Siro as former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte continues his rebuild at the club.

Eriksen’s availability on a free transfer is likely to attract interest from a host of Europe’s leading clubs, though according to the Evening Standard, Spurs chairman Levy will encourage offers for the player in the winter window as he looks to recoup a transfer fee.

Levy was prepared to sell Eriksen for £80m during the summer amid interest from Manchester United, and will now consider deals worth less than £40m as he bids to avoid losing the former Ajax star for nothing next summer.

Whether any suitors would be prepared to pay a fee given Eriksen’s contract situation remains to be seen, with the player free to negotiate over a pre-contract agreement with rival clubs from January.

Mourinho’s Tottenham reign has begun amid uncertainty over several stars, though there has been more positive news on the contract situations surrounding Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.

Like Eriksen, the defensive duo are both out of contract at the season’s end but the arrival of Mourinho as the club’s new head coach has seen both players reportedly indicate a new willingness to extend their deals.

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