Barcelona make late Christian Eriksen enquiry as Inter near Tottenham transfer

Barcelona have made a late enquiry for Tottenham wantaway Christian Eriksen, who is close to a move to Inter Milan.

The Dane had his heart set on a Spurs exit in the summer with the Spanish giants reportedly keen back then.

However, Eriksen stayed in north London after a move away failed to materialise under Mauricio Pochettino.

The Daily Mirror report Barcelona have made a late move for the midfielder after watching developments in recent weeks.

Inter Milan have stolen a march on transfer proceedings after Eriksen rebuffed offers from Manchester United.

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Antonio Conte's men look set to win the race for the player after being prepared to offer £160k-a-week in wages as well as a lump sum to Spurs to seal the deal in the next seven days.

Barcelona, however, want Eriksen on a free – and are only keen on securing a pre-contract agreement now before signing the 27-year-old in the summer when his Tottenham deal expires.

Inter remain the favourites to secure a deal.

But Spurs are holding out for £18m despite Eriksen's insistence that he wants to leave.

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Reports in Italy are confident a deal is close, with Daniel Levy said to be weighing up Inter's latest proposal.

Some will blame the Spurs chief for the lack of movement in the Eriksen saga of late.

But Danish commentator Peter Piil has pointed the finger at Eriksen's agent Martin Schoots.

“Something has gone wrong. That agent work is pivotal. I don’t know him [Schoots], but he’s not done a good job,” Piil told BT podcast Fodbold FM.

“How long has this saga run? He was asked for and asked for and asked for during the entire spring of last year – and after all, there is rarely smoke without fire.

"We know there was something along the way at that time. Why didn’t it happen?

“Why must Christian Eriksen go out and shake the tree himself? In the national team camp last year, where he stands in front of us all and says that now he has to try something new in his career.

“You don’t do that if there is something in bed and you are just about to sign something. There have been some contacts that have fallen to the ground there.

“Then there was the Atlético case over the summer, which didn’t matter. All of a sudden it was Manchester United and Real Madrid again. And now there’s a new case with Inter! Why is it not closed?

“The agents play a big role, and I think it is bad agent work that this case is not closed.”

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