Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta has cleared the way for Christian Eriksen to leave the club in January – just one year after signing him for a “bargain”.
Eriksen joined Inter in January 2020, six months before his contract with Tottenham was due to expire. The Danish playmaker had previously spent seven years with Spurs.
During that spell, Eriksen became a key player for Tottenham, but has been unable to replicate that form in Italy. He has only scored one goal in 22 Serie A appearances.
There was already talk that Inter could look to cut their losses on Eriksen as early as the summer. He eventually stayed, but there have been few signs of improvement.
Eriksen is struggling to find a role in Antonio Conte’s 3-5-2 system, only starting three league games this season. Therefore, those rumours of an exit have quickly resurfaced.
Eriksen was linked with an unlikely return to Tottenham over the summer. But they are not the only potential suitor in the Premier League; he has reportedly been offered to Manchester United, and Arsenal have been suggested as well.
Other clubs across Europe are also interested in the 28-year-old. And Inter have now given the clearest signal yet that they are willing to part with him in January.
CEO Marotta has hinted that Eriksen is not “functional” for the club under Conte. Hence, they will have no problems moving him on if he wishes to leave.
He told Sky Sport Italia: “The important term is ‘functional’.
“Football is full of these situations, where players are signed who are then not functional to the tactical system or team he is placed into.
“We signed Eriksen in January for €20m and an excellent bargain on the transfer market, a great opportunity. But naturally the coach has to make his evaluations and has the right to choose his line-up.”
Door open for January exit
“If we reach January and the player does not play regularly, so asks to be sold, we will deal with the situation and do so without the slightest bit of controversy.
“Naturally, we always try to improve and make the most of opportunities on the transfer market. But the problem is finding players who fit the team and genuinely would improve us.
“This was an operation on the transfer market that was positive, but simply not fully functional to the technical and tactical vision.”