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A Danish with espresso in Milan

Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall looks at the potential impact Christian Eriksen could make if the Tottenham star joins Inter.

Andrea Pirlo referred to Antonio Conte as “The beast with two wives” – his actual wife and Football. The former regista also commented before the ‘mister’ came to Inter, that he could give the Nerazzurri even more then they had seen with Jose Mourinho, he thinks him the better coach, in fact, the best Pirlo has ever played with.

If Christian Eriksen has researched his potential new surroundings at all, then the words of such a magnificent midfielder will assure him that, at Inter, he could be the catalyst of something magnificent.

Francesco Totti was Eriksen’s idol, well, along with Michael Laudrup. The young Danish boy from Middelfart wanted to emulate his heroes, but it was the way he went about doing so that has seen him receive the most credit.

The English press have massacred his reputation. They call him moody, arrogant, disruptive and money-orientated, yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. Look at any interview with Glenn Riddersholm, who coached Eriksen in the Denmark Under-17 team, and he will wax lyrical about the Dane’s humility, calmness, intelligence and more so his absolute professionalism. This is also replicated by any of his other coaches, from Odense to Ajax and yes, Spurs.

The Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet report that Inter are very close to reaching agreement with Tottenham for Eriksen worth €20-23m and it seems like a steal. The simple fact of the matter is that the Dane has let his contract run down, as he reportedly wants to move to a club that has the potential to win titles. One cannot criticise anyone’s ambition and the midfielder easily has the talent to back this up. Far from being this arrogant troublemaker, Eriksen has honoured his contract, watched the Tottenham project go its course and simply no longer believes in it.

Let us not forget, whilst the North London club have made gargantuan strides forward in recent years, it was not so long ago that the world was mystified that they beat Inter in the Champions League at the start of the last decade. They are a great club, but Inter have the history and the prestige.

He seems like the perfect fit for Conte, a player who will work hard, is quiet and as Riddersholm makes clear, is a student of the game. If he goes to Milan, it will not be his first time. He had trials for the Rossoneri before he moved to Ajax; it was reported by his former coach Anders Skjoldemose, when he told the Guardian: “When he would return from the trials, the other boys would ask him, ‘What was it like in Milan?’ Christian would reply, ‘It was okay. Are you ready for training now?’ Other children would just have never left Cloud Nine.”

Once again, the modest boy who was calm and collected. These were not the only trials, Barcelona and Chelsea were too, but in the latter case, Christian thought it was too elitist and both were too big a step. What boy thinks that?

Would he fit in at Inter? Yes. There is no doubt he would be the missing link in the midfield. With Nicolò Barella and Stefano Sensi being monumentally important, the only question for Conte would be, what does he do with the brilliant Marcelo Brozovic? Add Eriksen to this mix and Antonio’s complaints of strength in depth would be nullified by the fact that Matias Vecino and Roberto Gagliardini would be knocking at his door asking why they were not playing.

Add to this the creativity and vison Christian could bring to Inter and how he could supply the marriage of Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez and the prospects are mouth-watering. The simple fact is that in Italy, his abilities could be appreciated as a regista, but probably more as a trequartista.

At the time of writing, the deal is not done, but all sources indicate that it is close. Eriksen could be the difference between the Scudetto coming to Milan rather than Turin. If he comes next year, the same applies. Perhaps how crucial he would be is best left to the words of former coach at Ajax, Martin Jol, who simply said Christian is “still probably the club’s greatest talent from the past 15 to 20 years.”

Have your say...
IF I WAS AT THE CHARGE OF MY BELOVED CLUB I WOULD NOT LOOK BEHIND THE SERIE A FIRST EXCEPCT FOR ONLY THE LIKES OF ERICSEN OR COUTINHO. BAYARN MUNICH TAUGHT YOU THAT. WE DON'T USING THE WINGERS AT THE MOMENT SO IT BECOME URGENT FOR US TO LOOK FOR DYNAMIC WINGBACKS; FAZIO GHOULAM FOR ME. THEN I WILL KEPT WAITING AND SOLD A FEW PLAYERS BECAUSE I WANT TO UPGRADE OVER IT BUT KEEP MY CORE CIRCLES EVER BIGGER. LUKAKU WILL GROW OLD WITH US AS ERICSEN NOT VIDAL OR GIROUD WHO WILL RETIRE. #signorigiforme
on the 6th January, 2020 at 11:13am
would be great if he arrived - but have a feeling he will wait until the summer and inter will be outpriced. But the dream would be Eriksen and vidal now, with 5 great options rotating the 3 midfield spots. With sanchez coming back (almost like a new signing), if he plays like he did before he got injured, we have a great squad to chase the scudetto.
on the 6th January, 2020 at 12:31am
He's what Inter need, but there are question marks over his attitude.

If Inter rotate himself, Sensi, Barella, and Brozovic for the 3 spots in midfield, they'll have some fine options to choose from.
on the 5th January, 2020 at 10:05pm
Any!
on the 5th January, 2020 at 5:54pm
Sake. Thesis 2 - The current ranks of serie a in europe. To me it's still same as it was when serie a boasted as a number 1 in europe.Just because of a bit brandising premier league topped the charts For a while. La liga did close the gap by having messi and ronaldo in it for a Xwhile. Question is now???? Premiere league surely loosing the limelights in rate of messi's hair loosing its colors.Two or three turn and twist could slide the things in our favour. Negativity doesn't help as there isn't
on the 5th January, 2020 at 5:53pm
Thesis 1.Inter hypocrisy - when you find negetivity in any Inter related column or in other stuffs its simply trash talk because the most near place to us is Ac milan and there is glooming darknees. So our brightness should have spot on by onlookers. But People are busy in gloating about Juventas one moment then care for another europian league more! Its shamblic in many sense. We might not upgraded our stadia infrastructure all around but you can't make it scapegoat for your own beloved Calcio'
on the 5th January, 2020 at 5:42pm
@The john smith, my bad inter didn't buy you as a pacey
Winger in our 433 day dream fomation. Woud have worked as a you know a fixer maybe?
on the 5th January, 2020 at 5:31pm
He has what Inter lacks - vision and a great shot. But he is slow, so Inter need very fast wingers. 20 mill. seems a fair price.
on the 5th January, 2020 at 4:53pm
As a directer success lies in masterstroke signings and selling players in bumper high rate but in the hindsight you sold them because you dont like them! Bulls Eye!! [ f o r z a INTER]
on the 5th January, 2020 at 12:38pm
Calm down folks, we can believe it if it materialises. Levy would think nothing of destabilising another clubs player Madrid/Barca style. He tried it with Saido berhino of West Brom and failed. Look where Berahino is now.
on the 5th January, 2020 at 11:49am

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