Tottenham will need to pay big money to keep hold of one of their star players this summer, the London Evening Standard has revealed.
The player in question is Christian Eriksen and according to the report he is only currently earning around £30,000 per week. That is incredibly low for a player of his quality, moving into the peak years of his career. His current contract expires in two years and the club have offered him an extension, but the player has rejected it.
Tottenham have managed to keep their wage bill relatively low with the likes of Harry Kane earning £50,000 per week, although reports indicate he will soon double his earnings – Hugo Lloris is thought to be the clubs top earner at this stage, earning around £80,000 per week. Compare that to the other top clubs in the Premier League and you’ll see that Tottenham pay a lot less than their competitors.
Eriksen remains keen on extending his contract at Tottenham, but he has rejected the clubs first offer of an extension, according to the London Evening Standard. They don’t speculate as to the value of that contract offer, but it is likely to have been in the region of £60,000 per week. The 24-year-old could extend his contract if he was offered something similar to Lloris’ £80,000 per week.
There are several players at Tottenham that could easily be earning more money elsewhere, and so far it is great to see the players choosing to stay with us rather than move elsewhere purely for financial purposes. Pochettino almost took this squad to a Premier League title last season and there is no football reason for any of these players to switch clubs. They will play in the Champions League next season and have another go at winning the title.
Daniel Levy likes to drive a good bargain in transfer negotiations and it seems that is also the case when it comes to negotiating contracts. Tottenham fans will hope that this attitude from Levy will not push players away from the club – as really, even if Eriksen is asking for £80,000, he could earn that without any negotiations at plenty of other top European clubs.
Aged 24, Eriksen is approaching the prime of his career and it is extremely important to tie him down for those years. He is a top quality midfielder that will interest plenty of other clubs. Levy should probably soften his negotiation approach when it comes to this one as we don’t want to lose Christian.