Inter Milan have confirmed their desire to sell Christian Eriksen in the January transfer window, opening the door for a potential move to Arsenal. The former Tottenham playmaker has only been in Italy 12 months but has struggled to assert himself under Antonio Conte.
Since a £17million move from Spurs, Eriksen has managed just four goals and three assists in 38 matches across all competitions, making just 12 Serie A starts.
The 28-year-old has been linked with a surprise switch to Arsenal despite his former ties with the Gunners’ bitter north London rivals.
Arsenal are in desperate need of extra creativity and Eriksen was previously one of the Premier League and Europe’s best No 10s at Spurs.
Mesut Ozil is in exile at the Emirates and Mikel Arteta is unlikely to bring him back into the fold after January.
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Arsenal have scored just four times in their last 10 Premier League games, only one of which was from open play, and are struggling to create goalscoring opportunities.
With just 12 goals in 14 games, Burnley are the only team with less goals of the 17 Premier League clubs outside of the relegation zone.
Eriksen could provide a cheaper solution than other creative midfielders linked to Arsenal such as Houssem Aouar, who Lyon would want in excess of £50million for.
Emi Buendia is another linked but Championship leaders Norwich are unlikely to let the Argentine go for cheap and he is contracted to the Carrow Road outfit until 2024.
But Eriksen could be an attractive option to the Gunners because Inter are eager to make some money back by offloading the Danish international.
Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta said on Wednesday to Sky Sport Italy, as per Fabrizio Romano: “Yes, I can confirm that Christian Eriksen is on the transfer list. He’s gonna leave in January.
“He’s not functional to our plans and he had difficulty here at Inter. I think it’s right that Christian goes away to find more space.”
That follows claims from Italy that Arsenal are keeping a close eye on the possibility of signing Eriksen, who spent seven years at Spurs after starring for Ajax.
Eriksen is under contract at Inter until 2024 but their desire to sell him permanently means he could be an affordable fix to Arsenal’s creative woes.
The set-piece specialist is still only 28 and while primarily a No 10, can also play in a deeper central midfield role in a 4-3-3 – though he will command a significant weekly wage.
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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has meanwhile confirmed he and technical director Edu have sat down to discuss the club’s plans for January.
He said: “The plan is done; what we want to do in January and what we want to do in the summer.
“Sometimes you can do it, sometimes not. It depends on a lot of factors. Edu is dealing with that at the moment.
“I am focused with all the games, I don’t have much time to expend energy now on that. It’s clear what we want to do.
“My job is to make the most out of this squad, the players that we have.
“We know what we want to do and we will try to execute it knowing that the actual context, the market and what we have been through makes it difficult.”
He added after Arsenal lost to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night: “We are looking at options that we have, players coming in and out.
“We will see what happens. It’s a really complicated window. We will see how things develop.”
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