Tottenham Hotspur have accepted that they are likely to lose midfielder Christian Eriksen - either in January or at the end of the season.
The 27-year-old has entered the final year of his contract with Spurs and was heavily linked with a move away from the club, although Spurs were initially determined to convince him to extend his stay at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. A contract offer has been on the table for some time, but the player has resisted signing.
90min has learned that Spurs are resigned to losing Eriksen at some point in the next 12 months. There are a number of sides who are keen on recruiting the Dane on a free transfer next summer, though Tottenham remain fearful that they may receive relatively lowball bids of around £20m to £30m in January - six months prior to the end of his contract.
The opportunity of a cheaper deal is there, given the only alternative is Spurs losing the player for nothing. Whether Spurs are open to a sale for such a sum in January remains to be seen, though it could put them in an awkward position.
Eriksen pushed for a move early in the most recent transfer window, indicating he was looking at taking on a new challenge after six years at Tottenham. A move never materialised, however, having
The 32-year-old is eager to return to Ajax at some point, and could look to seal a move back to the Eredivisie giants either next year or in 2021.