Paris Saint-Germain will target a move for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen if the sale of Neymar goes through this week, according to reports in France.
Neymar has been pushing for a return to La Liga all summer, with former club Barcelona battling rivals Real Madrid for his signature – while Italian champions Juventus also emerged as a potential destination recently.
While the ongoing talks with Barcelona have not materialised into an agreement yet, there is still a chance that a deal could be completed by the 2nd September European deadline if the La Liga champions accept PSG’s request to include Nelson Semedo and Ousmane Dembele in their offer.
Now, Le Parisien claim that PSG have devised a three-man shortlist as they look to replace the world’s most expensive footballer – and Eriksen’s name is featured.
Spurs are currently sweating over the future of the Danish playmaker, who is into the final year of his contract and has shown a reluctance to renew, with his heart set on a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid.
However, he could end up in France instead, with PSG considering him – along with Juventus’ Paulo Dybala and Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi – as a suitable player in whom to reinvest the funds they will acquire from Neymar’s sale.
Tottenham have reportedly set a £50m valuation on Eriksen for foreign clubs interested in signing him – while Premier League rivals would have had to pay £60m, a fee that Manchester United decided against paying.
Dybala, who was linked with Spurs this summer, is mentioned as the most viable track for PSG to follow, with his agent recently remaining coy on the chances of him moving to France, but Eriksen is also being considered due to his creativity – an element the French champions are aware they would lose with Neymar’s exit.
Icardi, on the other hand, is discussed as more of a replacement for Edinson Cavani, who is struggling with injury and is expected to leave at the end of the season, when his contract expires.
There is certainly a need for PSG to look at attacking targets, given that Cavani is currently joined by Kylian Mbappe on the sidelines – meaning the capital club would be without their main front three from last season if Neymar moved on.
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