Christian Eriksen Transfers to Inter from Tottenham; Signs Contract Until 2024

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2020

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the 2019 International Champions Cup match between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Internazionale at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 4, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Christian Eriksen has joined Inter Milan after signing a contract until 2024 with the Serie A giants.Β Β 

The Nerazzurri confirmed the signing on their Twitter account:

Inter @Inter_en

🚨 | ANNOUNCEMENT Milano: your elegance is about to meet its match. πŸ‘‰ https://t.co/5NPAw5M3Xj #WelcomeChristian #NotForEveryone βš«πŸ”΅ https://t.co/on6q0fIVvP

According to Fabrizio Romano of the Guardian, Inter agreed a €20 million (Β£17 million) fee with Spurs to sign the Denmark international.

The move brings to an end Eriksen's lengthy tenure with Spurs which began in 2013. He helped the club reach the UEFA Champions League final last season before expressing a desire to leaveΒ north London during the summer.

Eriksen has been inconsistent, with Dele Alli, Giovani Lo Celso and Harry Winks taking on more of the creative burden for Spurs. Some Tottenham fans even booed Eriksen when the Dane was substituted during the 1-0 defeat to Premier League leaders Liverpool, per Football.London's Joe Doyle.

Despite the negative reaction, Eriksen still showcased the quality that kept him on the radars of top clubs around Europe:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Christian Eriksen created more chances than any other Spurs player vs. Liverpool (4) and only the three centre-backs made more clearances (4). Not nice? https://t.co/QirpPJjqMf

Inter have been tracking the 27-year-old for a while, with director Piero Ausilio recently saying the club had confidence a deal could be reached, per Sky Sports.

For that to happen, Inter and Spurs needed to agree on a fee. Inter's initial attempts included offering Β£13 million, according toΒ Mike McGrath of The Telegraph.

Landing Eriksen represents a huge fillip for Inter's chances of dethroning Juventus in the Italian top flight. He will add some extra ingenuity and technique at the heart of the engine room.

So far, Inter have relied on the industry of the likes of Marcelo Brozovic, Roberto Gagliardini and Antonio Candreva. Eriksen's eye for a pass, shooting power from distance and quality when delivering set pieces will be key to creating more chances for prolific strike duo Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez.

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Christian Eriksen: Only Lionel Messi (9) has created more clear-cut goalscoring opportunities than @ChrisEriksen8 (8) in the Champions League this season For more player stats -- https://t.co/uKbjDP0WEj https://t.co/cF7XswVVeN

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Christian Eriksen: Scored more goals from outside of the box (6) than any other player in the Premier League last season For more player stats -- https://t.co/uKbjDPixvR https://t.co/gSeWLkfbIO

Inter boss Antonio Conte knows all about Eriksen's quality thanks to his time in charge of Chelsea. The schemer becomes the latest former Premier League talent, along with Manchester United loanee Alexis Sanchez, Lukaku, Victor Moses and Ashley Young to be acquired by Conte since last summer.


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