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Blues surely lagging in race to sign Eriksen

| Tuesday, 07 February 2023 36comments  |  Jump to last

Everton are being credited with serious interest in Christian Eriksen but face stiff competition from clubs able to offer him more than they can.

The Danish international made an emotional return to top-class football earlier this year when he turned out for Brentford after being signed on loan by his compatriot Thomas Frank.

It was his first appearance since collapsing on the pitch during Euro 2020 and requiring life-saving CPR on the field in Copenhagen during Denmark's match against Finland.

Unable to keep playing for Inter Milan, the club he joined upon leaving Tottenham Hotspur, he opted for a return to the Premier League and made a big impact on the Bees as they successfully turned their form around and comfortably secured their place in the top flight for 2022-23.

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Expected to leave Brentford this summer for bigger things, Eriksen is being linked with another stint at Spurs while the likes of Manchester United are also reportedly keen.

Spurs could offer him Champions League football once more, though, something neither United nor Everton can and, if he is to settle for a club that isn't playing in Europe this coming season, it is thought that his loyalty might lie with Frank and Brentford.

Everton are on the lookout for quality players available on free transfers this summer as they balance FFP and profit and sustainability considerations with their need to significantly strengthen Frank Lampard's squad.

In order to spend this summer, the Blues will likely need to sell first and there is talk by Detail Zero in his native Colombia of interest in Yerry Mina from Marseille.

Mina's chequered injury record and high wages make him a prime candidate to be moved on in the current close season if Everton can find a buyer.

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Lee Courtliff
1 Posted 07/06/2022 at 18:26:02
This is exactly the kind of signing we DON'T need!! Fine player, obviously, but he's on the slide at 30 years old, has played for bigger clubs, has no resale value, and will demand huge wages.

Young, hungry players, on the way up, who actually want to play for Everton is what we need.

Christy Ring
2 Posted 07/06/2022 at 18:37:22
I think he'd be a great signing, a ball player in the middle of the park, which we totally lack, a free transfer.

Look how he transformed Brentford — and since when is 30 too old?

Tommy Carter
3 Posted 07/06/2022 at 18:39:57
Here's an idea - try and find the next 21-year-old playmaker, at a decent price with international pedigree and proven over time in a decent league.

Like Spurs did with Eriksen in 2013.

Robert Tressell
4 Posted 07/06/2022 at 18:44:38
Quite right,Tommy.

He's a lovely player but he will either stay with the Danish enclave at Brentford or be a happy bit-part player challenging for trophies. He nearly died, guys. He's not going to join Everton.

As ever, the players are always out there.

Tommy Carter
5 Posted 07/06/2022 at 18:45:44
My post @ 3

Spoiler - Mikkel Damsgaard

Brendan McLaughlin
6 Posted 07/06/2022 at 18:50:47
Robert #4

"He nearly died guys. He's not going to join Everton."

Are you suggesting one "near death experience" is enough for any mortal?

Tony Everan
7 Posted 07/06/2022 at 18:56:44
Robert, it’s part B. He will want to be in the running to win something, so it’s a bit part player for a Champions League club. He’s good enough to turn important games with a free kick or killer delivery.
Dennis Stevens
8 Posted 07/06/2022 at 18:57:40
Is he available on a free, Tommy?
Mike Gaynes
9 Posted 07/06/2022 at 18:57:56
Two American solutions to sorting our midfield:

1. Steal Leeds's pending deal for Tyler Adams of Leipzig. 23. Fierce ball-winner, relentless man-marker, natural commanding leader. USA captain when Pulisic is out.

2. Valencia is in chaos. Raid them for Yunus Musah, 19. Powerful dribbler, excellent passer, extraordinary maturity on the ball for a teenager.

After the World Cup, they'll both be worth double. Get 'em now.

Done. Next.

Tommy Carter
10 Posted 07/06/2022 at 19:06:40
@ 8 Dennis. No

But I expect outgoings which will generate cash to spend.

Much like Spurs in 2013, when they sold Bale and spent the money bringing players in. One of which was Eriksen.

Although their signings that summer were generally poor, their investment in Eriksen was obviously an huge success. At not a massive fee.

Although Damsgaard will need to be paid for, I believe he could be acquired for a decent price, given an underwhelming output in Serie A. But this is a special player in the making.

Tony Everan
11 Posted 07/06/2022 at 19:10:09
Dennis, Tommy, Really stood out at the Euros, I was hoping we would be interested, it was Moise Kean I think we were looking at at the same time Damsgaard moved to Sampdoria. Two years left on his contract, Transfermarkt have him at €13.5M.

This probably reflects the trouble he has had with injuries this last season, thigh problems and a knee operation keeping him out for most of the season. With our track record and the physicality of the Premier League, maybe it would be better to look at alternatives?

Kunal Desai
12 Posted 07/06/2022 at 19:10:38
We are crying out for creativity, he is exactly what we need.
Won't touch us with a barge pole.
Tommy Carter
13 Posted 07/06/2022 at 19:12:01
It’s not difficult to spot players. A bit of homework, conversation and watch them with your own eyes. Some players below which I mentioned a couple of years ago who certainly would’ve improved us

Tommy Carter
72 Posted 12/01/2020 at 10:07:40
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Goals from midfield without breaking the bank, I've said it before: Tomas Soucek. We'd get him for just a few million and he would do brilliantly in the premier league. Exactly the kind of player we need. Physical, tremendous work rate, brilliant in the air and is now getting a great deal of goals.
Hand Vanaken is another who I recommended a good while back and would've been an excellent addition at just a few million.

Another player I recommended very highly and we should have bust a gut for in the summer was Reece James. That opportunity is now gone but I believe his transfer would've been achievable, certainly for the money we paid for Gbamin. James will eventually be a central midfield player, and an extremely good one.

Robert Tressell
14 Posted 07/06/2022 at 19:13:14
Good one Brendan # 6.

Mike, the two Americans would be great, Aaronson too - who is also joining Leeds.

Denis Richardson
15 Posted 07/06/2022 at 19:34:38
Zero chance of him coming to us, if there's any truth in this would rather we focused our time on someone we can realistically get. He'll either stay at Brentford or go back to Spurs.

Sale rumours of Mina encouraging though. He's just not fit enough to justify a £120k/week salary.

Dennis Stevens
16 Posted 07/06/2022 at 19:39:46
Some interesting comments in this thread, certainly food for thought. I think this summer's transfer activity, albeit on a limited budget, will tell us a lot about Lampard & his team - & whether people who should know better by now are still sticking their oar in where it's not wanted!
Peter Carpenter
17 Posted 07/06/2022 at 19:44:27
Outrageous idea, Tommy (3). It will never catch on. We need to pay at least £25 million for someone in his prime, 30-ish, who has played for a Top 6 club.

What do you mean, "There's no money"?

Bill Gienapp
18 Posted 07/06/2022 at 20:00:32
These links never made much sense to me. As others have said, if European football isn't a priority, I'd assume he'd be inclined to just stick with Brentford – he has a good thing going there.

Tommy (3) – agreed. It would also be nice if we could find the next Richarlison and get in on the ground floor, like Watford did, rather than spending £35 million on him 1 year later.

Mark Ryan
19 Posted 07/06/2022 at 20:14:04
If we could land him it would be one of the best signings ever. Cannot agree that he is not what we need. He is exactly what we need, a class midfielder, pure class. We is on the ball the game stops for him. He dictates play, pure class
Tommy Carter
20 Posted 07/06/2022 at 20:52:22
@11 Tony

I agree that these injuries are not ideal. But I feel they are a reflection of his adaptation to a more physically demanding game with both club and country. I think he will overcome these and I fully expect him to. But those factors may lessen his transfer value at a time for us to invest.

Paul Birmingham
23 Posted 07/06/2022 at 22:49:57
I would take Eriksen, as he's class, but, I’d like to know the status of Everton's finances, prior to any such buy, but no-one really knows, except EFC.

Expect some Chelsea players, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, is rumoured and perhaps others too.

Look at Modric, he still orchestrates the Real Madrid midfield at 36.

Gavin Johnson
24 Posted 07/06/2022 at 23:20:01
Would be a coup if we signed him. Yes, we need to be signing young athletic players with sell-on value, but we also need some proven quality. If we went into next season just losing players out of contract and brought in Ericksen and Tarkowski on free transfers and Billy Gilmour on loan we would be stronger and should finish in the top half if we have more luck with injuries.

I would hope we also get €25-30M for Moise Kean and sell the likes of Gomes, Gbamin, Rondon, Mina, Allan and one of Holgate or Keane so we could bring in 2-3 other new faces before we even think of selling Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison for big fees.

Anyway, ideas of signing Ericksen is just wishful thinking. He'll have lots of suitors more appealing than Everton.

Andrew Keatley
25 Posted 08/06/2022 at 02:11:13
Proved himself once again to be one of the best creative midfielders in the Premier League, and helped give Brentford the quality that they built their late resurgence on. Champions League clubs are interested in him. He wouldn't command a transfer fee. He's one of the best set-piece takers in world football. And yet some on here would rather pass up the opportunity of bringing him in, seemingly based on his age and wages. Maddening.

He won't end up here, but for anyone showing disinterest I'd ask you to remember the absolute shit-show that was last season. We definitely need to rebuild, but it won't be overnight or in one summer transfer window. Passing up the chance to sign a player as talented - and energetic and imaginative and committed and canny - as Christian Eriksen because he's not at the start of his career so lacks significant resale value makes no sense to me. A player like Eriksen will help us to be more competitive on the pitch - and play better football. It might give us a chance to improve results, climb the table, and eventually build a better squad.

Getting balance in the squad is important - so sure, let's sign a younger, cheaper, lesser-known player too if that player is identified and we can afford them - but right now we can probably afford to be more competitive with wages we can offer than we can with transfer fees - so Eriksen on a free... yes please. (But he won't come here.)

Gary Jones
26 Posted 08/06/2022 at 07:51:20
I would be over the moon if we got Eriksen or Gallagher. I would learn how to cartwheel if we also added Paulinha (buy) and Zinchenko (on loan). Starting 11:

Patterson Tarkowski Godfrey Mykolenko
Eriksen Palhinha Zinchenko
Gordon Calvert-Lewin Richarlison

Gray, Iwobi, Alli, Dobbin, Simms, Branthwaite etc on the bench and trying to break in. Yes please, Santa.

Stu Darlington
27 Posted 08/06/2022 at 09:17:30
Let's put this one to bed guys. Eriksen is notcoming to Everton. There are far more attractive prospects out there for him.

Yes, he is a quality player who in addition could fill the Gareth Barry or Phil Neville role we are sadly lacking at the moment.

I agree with Mike Gaynes and Robert Tressell, there is good, young talent out there we should be tapping into. IMHO, we shouldn't be putting too much store on Frank's alleged mystical ability to attract young talent from Chelsea,i t may or may not happen but we should be looking for our own prospective talent that brings balance (and pace!) to the squad. Trying to make loan players “fit” doesn't always work.

Mark Ryan
28 Posted 08/06/2022 at 12:55:57
If he was only as good as Gareth Barry or Phil Neville, this wouldn't even be a thread worth writing about or reading about.
Hugh Jenkins
29 Posted 08/06/2022 at 13:00:10
Stu (25).

After a seemingly promising start at Spurs, which led to an England call up - he seems to have "fizzled out" in recent times.

Possibility he may be another where a change of club resurrects a promising career, but, for some reason, this never seems to happen when we take this kind of player off another of our "perceived" Premier League rivals.

Danny O’Neill
30 Posted 08/06/2022 at 14:14:36
Eriksen is a high quality creative player. Just what we require. We don't need a team full of young players just as much as we don't need a team full of older players. We need a team that has a balance of young potential being mentored alongside those hitting their peak and then experience in the form of a few wise heads.

I'm going to again put myself out there, but I think Warrington can sit there doing the midfielder orchestrator role, pulling the strings. It's too early for him, but get him near the first team.

Phil Neville and to a degree, Gareth Barry, had different attributes. Both were leaders and brought assurance and influence to the players around them. Both in their own right.

In particular, you could always notice when Neville wasn't on the pitch. The team at the time benefited from him being there even though he wasn't the best or most creative.

Barry was similar but I'd say a better footballer. Although it took me a bit of getting used to watching him, Tim Howard, Jagielka and, I think, Distin, playing around with the ball in a diamond on the edge of our own box in Martinez's first season. I went up to a few of the home games and my son, a season ticket holder at the time, warned me!!

I'd love Eriksen. But I too don't think he'll leave London unless Lampard can convince him it's home from home. And home from Denmark obviously.

Tom Bowers
31 Posted 08/06/2022 at 15:13:23
Not sure if Eriksen is worth signing and not because of any fitness issues. Sure he has been a quality player and had one or two decent games for Brentford but his form waned at Spurs just like Dele Alli and Walcott at Arsenal.

Could be that Eriksen's best years are behind him and we already have more than our fair share of players in that category.

He could have an impact in the short term but many players have done the same for Everton and faded quickly, à la James Rodriguez.

We really need someone who can stay 90 minutes and go end to end of the field being full of energy like Alan Ball.

Someone who really stirs up the troops when needed, as far too often last season they showed too much lethargy in other words a quality leader.

Stu Darlington
32 Posted 08/06/2022 at 15:35:01

Totally agree with you on the qualities of Gareth Barry and Phil Neville.

I wasn't suggesting that Eriksen would be as good as either of those two in that role, but might provide the experience and “wise old head” that you suggest as we don't seem to have one at the moment.

Robert Tressell
33 Posted 08/06/2022 at 20:03:39
This is all completely academic because we will be of no interest whatsoever to Eriksen.

Every time the crowd sings "it's enough to make your heart go whoaa..." it would trigger PTSD.

And more seriously (and less tastelessly) he's only been playing for Brentford because he nearly died and is just easing his way back in. Otherwise, he'd still be at Inter.

The 16th best team in the Premier League is not exactly enticing to this calibre of player.

I suspect he'll end up with Ten Hag at Man Utd or rejoin Spurs.

It would be lovely to have some high quality in the side but, right now, the only ones interested will be very old, very broken or whippersnappers with potential.

Filipe Torres
34 Posted 09/06/2022 at 16:03:05
Fee apart he looks like another Sigurdsson, and the script is pretty much the same: he can change matches with a free-kick.
Jerome Shields
35 Posted 10/06/2022 at 05:28:58
Most likely to stay a Brentford.
Mike Corcoran
36 Posted 10/06/2022 at 08:42:31
Chelsea want Richarlion? Okay, let's swap him for Lukaku permanent and Gallagher and Gilmour on loan. 😁
Justin Doone
37 Posted 12/06/2022 at 18:26:46
Quality over quantity and age. He'd be an asset for any Premier League club. Get our Danish kit makers to pay his wages, done deal.

It's not going to happen but there are many clubs at home and abroad in far worse financial mess than us.

Hopefully the new far superior Everton recruitment team have had their Top 10 wish-list drawn up for a few months and we can get 5 of the deals done before the transfer window closes.

Prioritise 2 midfielders, a central defender, a right-back and a creative 'Eriksen' Number 10 type – if not the man himself.

Sean Kelly
38 Posted 15/06/2022 at 13:59:32
I’d prefer Shaparenko from Ukraine. Tidy play maker for about €10m. He’s about 23 with the best to come.

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