Barcelona could make a shock move for Spurs star Christian Eriksen – should efforts to sign Philippe Coutinho falls through, according to a report.
Barcelona have £200million burning a hole in their pocket at the moment and are desperate to spend it.
The Catalan giants have been in the market for a marquee signing this summer following the £196million sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.
So far they have had little luck. Liverpool have warned them away after rejecting yet another bid for talisman Phillipe Coutinho – who the Reds value far higher than the £90m offered. Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund have been defiant in their efforts to retain star winger Ousmane Dembele.
And despite confirmation on Friday afternoon that Coutinho has, in fact, asked to leave Liverpool, the Independent has claimed Barca are already drawing up a contingency plan, with Tottenham’s Danish star Eriksen firmly on their list of Plan B targets.
Eriksen played an integral role in Spurs’ title challenge last season. He played all but two of Tottenham’s 2016/17 Premier League fixtures, scoring eight goals. Losing Eriksen would undoubtedly put a dent in the London club’s title hopes for the 2017/18 campaign.
The paper claims new Barca boss Ernesto Valverde views the 25-year-old as an eventual successor to Andres Iniesta in their midfield.
The coaching staff at the Nou Camp are reportedly in agreement that Eriksen’s link up play is suited to Barca and that the Dane would flourish in La Liga.
Tottenham, however, could prove just as tough a nut to crack as Liverpool over Coutinho. The north London side managed to squeeze every penny out the £50million Kyle Walker transfer to Manchester City earlier this summer.
Eriksen signed a four-year deal in September 2016 which will only drive up his market value. Even though, under Daniel Levy, every player at White Hart Lane has their price, a fee to pry away the Danish International may have to exceed the £100m mark.