Reports in the Italian media claim Everton have made an approach to Inter Milan about the availability of former Tottenham star Christian Eriksen.
These reports originally from Italian sources tend to be of dubious reliability and this story comes from La Stampa who say that Everton along with Arsenal are interested in possibly signing the Denmark international and bringing him back to English football.
Once again this is a story we’ve covered before and it’s the classic example of a player out of favour at his current club being linked with a move away and the Toffees are a club always likely to be associated with just such a player.
Eriksen’s career in Italy has faltered recently only a year after his move from north London to the Italian Serie A giants.
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The Dane has only made four Serie A appearances this season and hasn’t been in the best of form for his club, although he’s been excellent for his country in the Nations League.
Eriksen is a good player with plenty of creative flair to his game. He was outstanding for Spurs in the Premier League and this form for Tottenham paved the way for his move to Inter.
He’s another versatile footballer who can play in several different midfield or forward positions but most favours a central play-maker role where he has tended to line-up for Inter.
The rumours about him and Everton have emerged as stories that were circulating about a similar player Isco, have subsided.
For a while the Blues were strongly linked with the Spanish star, another midfield/attacking player but recently those have gone quiet.
So this story about Eriksen has replaced Isco as the new latest player of that kind being linked with Everton. No doubt his agent is behind these rumours trying to get his client a move to a club where he can play regularly.
He’s a talented footballer but I’m not sure Eriksen is the ideal type of player the Toffees need and I reckon even if he was available on loan his wage demands might also prove an obstacle to any deal. He’s someone who looks quite similar to James Rodriguez and isn’t going to offer the additional direct running, pace and goal threat the Blues need.
Instead I think the priority in terms of new attacking talent is as a player who can operate on the flanks or centre-forward. And someone who can supply goals as well to support Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has shouldered most of the burden and has scored nearly half of the team’s total so far this season.