Barcelona agreed a deal to sign Christian Eriksen in the summer that would have seen Ivan Rakitic and Carles Alena move to Tottenham in exchange, according to reports in Spain.
However, it is believed Lionel Messi told Barcelona to pull the plug on the deal because he was not convinced by Eriksen’s application for Spurs.
The story comes from Spanish outlet El Desmarque, which claims a deal was very much in place before Messi intervened. Tottenham had apparently agreed to let Eriksen leave for the Camp Nou, with Rakitic and Alena moving in the other direction.
Rakitic was also heavily linked with Paris Saint-Germain in the summer when Barcelona were trying to secure Neymar’s return. It seems the Croatian was being offered all over the place, and there is no indication as to whether he was actually interested in joining Spurs.
Regardless, Messi’s issue with Eriksen is said to have stopped the deal form happening, and the Dane hasn’t exactly proved Messi wrong since then – his performances certainly haven’t been encouraging from a commitment point of view.
Earlier today we relayed reports suggesting Eriksen is holding out for a free transfer next summer, bit if El Desmarque’s report is to be believed, it’s unlikely he will be heading to Barcelona.