Tottenham are confident they will re-sign Christian Eriksen on a free transfer this summer but a deal hinges on Champions League qualification and Antonio Conte's future, 90min understands.
Eriksen has been in top form since he signed for Brentford back in January, with the Bees winning all five games the Dane has started and escaping the threat of a relegation battle.
90min first reported earlier this month that Brentford were facing a real battle to convince Eriksen to sign an extension to his initial six-month contract, and we can now reveal that former club Spurs are confident of finalising a deal to bring him back to north London.
However, such a transfer is dependent on two things. The first and most important aspect is the future of head coach Conte, who Eriksen is keen to work with again having won last season's Serie A title together at Inter.
The Italian tactician has teased that he could leave the club if his ambitions are not matched at times this season, particularly off the back of losses and amid Spurs' inconsistent run in the winter. However, Conte has appeared calmer about his future at the club in recent weeks.
Spurs' pending qualification for next season's Champions League is also understood to be a major factor in a potential deal for Eriksen, and a top-four finish remains in their hands as we enter the final stretch of the Premier League season.
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Brentford head coach Thomas Frank has repeatedly insisted that Eriksen's future will not be decided until the end of the season, but ahead of the Bees' meeting with Tottenham, put forward some arguments as to why he would reject other clubs to stay in west London.
"If [he leaves] for money or the Champions League, obviously then we can’t compete. I know that Christian in this moment in time is enjoying his football and I’m happy that he’s enjoying playing here. Hopefully he likes the environment, the atmosphere we have in the club, and if he chooses us in the end I hope it’s because he’s ambitious and wants to end as high as possible and push the team," Frank said.
"Also the role here, obviously he’s got a big role, the team is more and more [important] these days it’s never a one man band, you know that. Even Man City is not only De Bruyne, he’s the main playmaker but you need more than one player. But of course there’s a lot of things that go through Christian. I guess that’s some of the bits."
Other than Brentford and Tottenham, 90min understands Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham Newcastle and West Ham are all keeping tabs on Eriksen's situation.
Source : 90min