Eriksen-Xhaka swap rumours resurface amid assurances Dane will depart Inter in January


Eriksen-Xhaka swap rumours resurface amid assurances Dane will depart Inter in January

Speculation stemming from Italy on Monday has reignited the links between Arsenal and former Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen.

Inter struggles

Danish international Eriksen of course brought his 7-year Spurs spell to an end back in January.

After coming to the decision not to renew his expiring contract with the north Londoners, the 28-year-old made the move to Serie A giants Inter Milan, in a cut-price deal.

At the time, Eriksen’s addition was understandably viewed as quite a coup for Inter, with the Dane having long stood as one of the Premier League’s most productive midfielders.

To say that his time at the San Siro has since not gone according to plan, though, would be putting it lightly.

Eriksen has majorly struggled to win over the ever-bullish Antonio Conte.

As things stand, the likes of Nicolo Barella, Marcelo Brozovic and summer arrival Arturo Vidal all sit ahead of the former Ajax man in the pecking order of the Nerazzurri boss.

Eriksen-Xhaka swap rumours resurface amid assurances Dane will depart Inter in January

MILAN, ITALY – JANUARY 29: Christian Eriksen of FC Internazionale looks on during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final match between FC Internazionale and ACF Fiorentina at San Siro on January 29, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

When handed the opportunity to impress, meanwhile, Eriksen has not exactly done so, either, with the 28-year-old, across 12 appearances to this point in the campaign, having failed to directly contribute to a single goal.

PL return?

As such, as Eriksen’s time in Milan inches towards its one-year anniversary, murmurs have inevitably begun to spread in the media that Inter could simply attempt to cut their losses during the January window.

Such suggestions, meanwhile, were not at all tempered late last month, when Nerazzurri CEO Beppe Marotta explained:

‘If he doesn’t play until January, it’s almost sure that he’ll ask to leave the club. We decided to sign him from Tottenham one year ago for €20m. It was a good deal – possibly he’s not fit with our way of playing.’

In turn, a host of clubs have been tipped as potential landing spots for Eriksen, with a shock return to Tottenham having even been pedalled by some English outlets.

Eriksen-Xhaka swap rumours resurface amid assurances Dane will depart Inter in January

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 28: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after he scores his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Internazionale at Wembley Stadium on November 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Elsewhere, north London rivals Arsenal have also been linked.

And, as outlined above, it is the name of the Gunners which has today taken centre stage in Italy once more.

As per a report from Sky Italia, it now looks a near certainty that Eriksen will indeed be granted an exit from the San Siro next month.

In turn, the midfielder’s agent has now begun sounding out potential suitors, over the possibility of tabling an offer for his client.

And it is here where Arsenal reenter the fray.

An exchange deal, whereby Eriksen would land at the Emirates, with Granit Xhaka moving in the opposite direction to Milan, has once again been touted.

Though no official negotiations have yet begun, ‘whispers’ continue to point towards such a swap, which could go some way towards solving Arsenal’s creative void in the middle of the park.

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