Tottenham Hotspur are set to offer midfielder Christian Eriksen £200,000-a-week to persuade him to sign a new contract, according to the Daily Mail.
Spurs are concerned that won’t be enough to tie down the Danish international though, who is desperate to join one of Europe’s elite clubs when his current deal expires.
Tottenham were unable to agree on a move away from London during the summer window, as Eriksen made it clear that he is ready for a new challenge following a brilliant spell for the club.
His attempted move to Real Madrid fell through, leaving the Spurs midfielder to play a waiting game during the last year of his contract.
Reports suggest that an increase in wages wouldn’t be enough to tempt Eriksen to stay put at Tottenham, and that he would attempt to include a clause that would allow him to join certain clubs if he was to sign a new deal.
Currently the playmaker is earning £80,000, with Spurs willing to pay more than double that to keep hold of their talisman beyond the end of the current season.
Even if Eriksen was to depart Mauricio Pochettino’s side at the end of the season after signing a new deal, Tottenham would be safe in the knowledge that a fee of over £100m would be coming back into the club.
However, if he refuses to sign a new deal Spurs face the prospect of losing one of their most important players in a free transfer, with a number of Europe’s top clubs circling as they aim to snap up an incredible bargain.
Eriksen’s influence on Pochettino’s side cannot be understated, and he reminded Tottenham fans just how important he is during their 3-1 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday.
Spurs were struggling to break down their stubborn opponents, falling a goal down, before the Danish star was brought on from the bench to change the game and help secure three points.
Since his arrival for a bargain £11m back in 2013, Eriksen has scored 66 goals and made 86 assists which would make him incredibly difficult to replace, especially if the midfielder was to depart on a free transfer.