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Liverpool & Tottenham Target Christian Eriksen Is Not Thinking About Ajax Exit

by Dan Kilpatrick

Christian Eriksen Liverpool

Midfielder pass-master is not thinking about a transfer.

The Denmark international is one of Europe’s hottest properties, with several sides thought to be interested in a move for the 20-year-old playmaker, while Liverpool are eyeing him as a potential replacement for Steven Gerrard.

Ajax had to fend off a host of enquiries in the summer transfer window and look set to have another fight on their hands in January, but Eriksen says a switch is not on his mind at the present time.

“It is great that such big clubs are interested,” he said.

“It is very special for me but I am not contemplating various transfer scenarios in any way at the moment.”

But the midfielder, who was named Dutch Football Talent of the Year and Danish Footballer of the Year in 2011, refused to be drawn on his long-term future.

“We don’t really know right now. It all depends on how the season unfolds,” he added.


Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen is one of the most highly-rated youngsters in Europe, so it is no surprise to see him link with a move to one of the Premier League big-guns.

The 20-year-old is already the heartbeat of both the Ajax team and the Danish national side, combining a fabulous touch and range of passing with an eye for goal.

Eriksen has been linked with a move to Anfield as a long-term replacement for Steven Gerrard, while Spurs are also thought to be monitoring the pass-master, who is considered a cheaper alternative to top-target Joao Moutinho.

Both clubs may find themselves disappointed, however. Eriksen has said in the past that he would only leave Ajax for Barcelona and, while it’s unlikely he’ll stick resolutely to this statement, it suggests he is fiercely ambitious and will only join a club challenging for domestic and European titles.

His fee could also prove problematic. Spurs are thought to be unwilling to go higher than £22m for Moutinho, while Liverpool were unwilling to go higher than £3m for Clint Dempsey! Ajax are no mugs and will probably demand a figure somewhere in the region of £25m for the youngster, which could put off both clubs.

Liverpool, in particular, have been burned in the past paying big fees for players unproven in the Premier League and will not want a repeat of the Alberto Aquilani fiasco.

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