Reports from Spain have recently claimed that Spurs were ready to pay big money to buy Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid.
At the time we questioned the likelihood of the deal, considering that Saul was a product of Atletico’s youth system and unlikely to want to leave the club that he’s been at since he was a boy, at a time when they are about to contest their second Champions League final in the last three years.
So it came as no surprise today when it was announced that Saul had signed a new contract with Atletico. When a player is in the market for a new contract, supposed interest from other clubs is a useful bargaining ploy and it looks like Tottenham performed this function to get Saul the deal his representatives wanted.
Which brings us to Christian Eriksen. The Dane has only two years left on his contract and is in negotiations over an extension. Earning just £30,000 a week – something of a pittance for a Premier League player of his quality – the Evening Standard reports that Eriksen is looking to double his salary.
With the talks having gone on for some time without an announcement of an agreement, perhaps we shouldn’t be shocked that Juventus are interested in signing the playmaker.
What would shock us is if Eriksen actually ended up in Italy. This looks like a classic ploy to pressure Spurs into offering the right contract and we expect a grinning Eriksen to soon be pictured alongside Mauricio Pochettino, committing his future to the club.