Aston Villa and Crystal Palace are reportedly ready to rival Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Brentford playmaker Christian Eriksen.
A recent report from 90 min has offered an update on the future of Christian Eriksen. The Brentford playmaker is facing an uncertain future at the club, with his current contract expiring at the end of the season. Tottenham Hotspur are believed to be interested in re-signing him in the summer, but the Lilywhites face stiff competition from other Premier League clubs.
Crystal Palace and Aston Villa are two of the other clubs expressing the desire to sign Eriksen in the summer. Brentford are hopeful of the Dane signing a contract extension, but they simply cannot overlook the fierce battle to acquire his services at the end of the season.
Eriksen, after all, is a playmaker who was branded as one of the best in Europe not too long ago. He did endure a slight decline during the final phase of his Tottenham career, which was followed by his cardiac arrest at UEFA Euro 2020.
But the midfielder has recovered exceptionally well, making quite a mark upon his return to the Premier League in January. In just five league matches so far, the Dane has been involved in two goals, notably starring in the 4-1 win over Chelsea.
Eriksen’s impressive performances have tempted Tottenham to consider a potential reunion in the summer. The playmaker had spent six and a half years in north London and has a good relationship with some of the players and the management. But it remains to be seen whether he will be open to a potential return.
Other potential destinations for the Danish international include Aston Villa. The Villans could have a hard time keeping hold of Philippe Coutinho following his brilliant return to the Premier League. As such, Steven Gerrard has identified Eriksen as an ideal replacement for the dynamic Brazilian, hoping he can offer the creative output in the final third next season for Aston Villa.
Crystal Palace, meanwhile, are potentially bracing themselves for life without Michael Olise. Many expect the youngster to leave Selhurst Park in the summer, amid interest from Arsenal and Chelsea.
The addition of Christian Eriksen, to that end, could add much-needed creativity to Patrick Vieira’s attacking core at Crystal Palace. The Dane can also serve as a potential replacement for Conor Gallagher, who is set to return to Stamford Bridge following a successful loan spell in the Premier League.
However, the report states Brentford are confident in tying Eriksen down to a new contract. Even if the former Tottenham playmaker leaves the Community Stadium, one would expect him to rejoin Spurs and reunite with former manager Antonio Conte instead of moving to Aston Villa or Crystal Palace.