Tottenham set to bank £17m for Christian Eriksen as Inter Milan lead Barcelona in transfer race

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Inter Milan remain confident of securing a £17million deal with Tottenham to sign Christian Eriksen next week, despite late interest in the midfielder from Barcelona.

Eriksen has agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Inter and the Italians are close to a deal with Spurs after ­raising their offer to £15m plus add-ons.

Spurs are holding out for £17m but Inter are hopeful an agreement will be reached before next Friday’s deadline.

Inter have scheduled a medical for Eriksen in Italy on Monday and hope he will be in the stands for their home game against Cagliari on Sunday.

Barcelona have made a late enquiry for Eriksen and the 27-year-old is free to talk to other clubs because he is out of contract at the end of the season.

Eriksen had his heart set on a move to Spain last summer but neither Barcelona nor Real Madrid made a firm approach for him.

Despite Barcelona’s late interest, Inter still remain in pole position to sign the player.

Spurs, though, insist a deal is yet to be agreed with the Italian club and this morning were expecting Eriksen to be available for their FA Cup tie at Southampton on Saturday.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is pushing to sell Eriksen this month after he indicated he is not willing to sign a new contract.

The arrival of Jose Mourinho has not persuaded Eriksen to stay and he has indicated he wants a new challenge, either in Serie A or La Liga.

Tottenham are also ready to sell left-back Danny Rose this month and Bournemouth have entered the race to sign him.

Newcastle have already indicated they are ready to offer Rose a route out of Tottenham after he fell out of favour under Mourinho. The 29-year-old missed Wednesday’s 2-1 win over ­Norwich after being left out of the Spurs squad for a third consecutive match.

Rose has previously insisted he will not leave Spurs until his contract expires in the summer of 2021 but that stance could soften given that he is competing for an England starting spot at Euro 2020 with Leicester’s Ben Chilwell.

Meanwhile, Tottenham’s hunt for a striker is continuing as they search for someone to replace the injured Harry Kane.

Spurs hope to offload Victor Wanyama but they may have to lower their £9m asking price because they are struggling to find a buyer for the midfielder this month.

The 28-year-old Kenyan has been deemed surplus to requirements by Mourinho, with his only appearance under the Portuguese coming in last month’s Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich in a dead rubber.

There have been several enquiries for Wanyama — including from two unnamed Premier League clubs — but no one is yet willing to meet Spurs’ valuation.

Spurs may be forced to accept a cut-price deal for Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)

It is also believed Waynama’s £62,000-a-week wages are proving a stumbling block.

Celtic among those clubs interested in reviving his career. Galatasaray are also monitoring the situation, with an initial loan period being proposed.

Spurs would prefer a straight sale, with Wanyama having just 18 months left on his existing contract.

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