Tuesday, 16th July, 2013
Christian Eriksen’s stock has always been valued by clubs outside of Holland, but the Liverpool target has now had to politely refuse an offer to move to Bayer Leverkusen, according to Dutch daily De Telegraaf.
Amid talk over Liverpool’s increasing interest, Leverkusen were thought to be preparing a substantial bid for the Dane, whose contract at Ajax expires next summer.
However, yesterday’s revelation that Eriksen would be prepared to sign an Ajax extension rather than move on a free transfer has culminated in a rejection of Leverkusen’s advances.
While a move to Liverpool is believed to be the player’s preference, there being plenty of time left in the transfer window, Leverkusen may feel disappointed they did not fit the midfielder’s "big club" desire.
Leverkusen can boast Champions League football, and it is as yet unclear why the Bundesliga giants have been snubbed, despite them being desperate to find a replacement for the Chelsea-departed Andre Schurrle.
Liverpool’s inability to find financial space for Eriksen – owing to Luis Suarez’s presence – may perhaps have buoyed Leverkusen’s hopes, even if Arsenal are firmly in the race for the Uruguayan.
It remains to be seen if the Gunners can help Liverpool offload the mercurial striker, which would mean a clear path for Eriksen to leave for Anfield.
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