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Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta: Christian Eriksen, Spurs Contact Rumours 'Not True'

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2020

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur looks dejected following his sides defeat in the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 11, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Inter Milan director Giuseppe "Beppe" Marotta has once again denied rumours the Nerazzurri are in contact with Tottenham Hotspur or midfielder Christian Eriksen.

Earlier this week, during an interview with Sky Sport Italia (h/t Goal's Tom Webber), Marotta denied speculation the parties were talking.

On Friday, Italian football insider Fabrizio Romano said Marotta and Eriksen had a meeting, and the Italians made a contract offer to sign the Dane as a free agent in June:

Fabrizio Romano @FabrizioRomano

Inter sport director today had a meeting with Christian Eriksen agent. They made an ‘important’ contract bid to get the Danish midfielder as free agent on next June - but also ready to make a bid to Tottenham right now. 🇩🇰 #THFC #Inter More details ⏩ https://t.co/BLG4ebXb60

But before Saturday's clash between Inter and Atalanta―which ended 1-1―Marotta again refuted the reports, per DAZN (h/t Football Italia):

"At this moment, there are a lot of rumours going around and stories that are certainly not true.

"The January transfer window tends to be a quiet one, made up only of rare opportunities. We intend to improve the squad with quality additions. Eriksen is an interesting prospect, he will be out of contract in June, but we have not started any negotiations with his club or his agent."

He also cooled speculation that deals for Manchester United's Ashley Young or Chelsea's Olivier Giroud are close to done, saying the club will take their time with each situation.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 11, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by
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Eriksen is in the final year of his deal with Spurs and has been strongly linked with a move to Italy.

The fans voiced their unhappiness with the midfielder during the 1-0 loss to Liverpool on Saturday:

Squawka News @SquawkaNews

Christian Eriksen is booed by the Spurs fans after being replaced in the 69th minute. https://t.co/f3diHdJ5dl

Spurs blogger Chris Miller wants him gone:

Chris Miller @WindyCOYS

Get Eriksen out of my sight

The 27-year-old has played for Spurs since 2013, when he joined from Ajax. He's long been a key player for the club, but his performances have fallen off since the transfer speculation started to ramp up.

He expressed his desire to leave before the summer, and when a transfer didn't materialise, he told Ekstra Bladet (h/t Chris Burton of Goal) of his frustration. A contract extension has seemed unlikely since.

A move seems inevitable at this stage, and the main question is whether Spurs will sell him in January or let him walk for free in summer.

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur warms up prior to the FA Cup Third Round match between Middlesbrough and Tottenham Hotspur at Riverside Stadium on January 05, 2020 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Alex Lives
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Inter will surely prefer a midseason switch, given they're closely battling Juventus for the Serie A title for the first time in years. They could use all the help, particularly in midfield, with a lack of creativity an issue during the second half against Atalanta.

The Nerazzurri appear to be looking for cost-effective additions in January, with Young and Giroud also becoming free agents in the summer.    

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