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Paper Round: Christian Eriksen’s agent says ‘several’ clubs interested amid Barcelona speculation
Christian Eriksen’s agent hints at a move, Mauricio Pochettino emerges as Real Madrid’s target, Joachim Low turns them down, and William Carvalho is available.
Eriksen’s agent suggests he could leave
Christian Eriksen’s agent has spoken of intherest in his client from European clubs. The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is considering his future, says his agent Martin Schoots: “The only thing I can say is that concerning the interest of several clubs in Christian is that we prefer not to comment.” Barcelona are known to be interested in the 26-year-old Danish international, but Spurs are currently unwilling to sell.
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Paper Round’s view: Eriksen’s progress under Mauricio Pochettino is testament to the hard work of the player, and of the ability of Pochettino to improve players in every position. At 26, and on a relatively low wage of £70,000 a week, it would be no surprise if his agent is agitating for a significant increase in his wages before forcing through one big move before he hits 30 in the future.
Pochettino reluctant to turn down Real Madrid
Real Madrid have made Mauricio Pochettino their number one target to replace Zinedine Zidane. Zidane announced his departure from the club after winning his third consecutive Champions League, and the Argentine at Spurs has made it clear he would entertain an offer. He was in Spain, promoting his book, and when asked about the possibility, said: “When Real Madrid call you, you have to listen to them.”
Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on May 13, 2018 in London, England.Getty Images
Paper Round’s view: Nobody could blame Mauricio Pochettino for wanting to join Real Madrid. He has said he would not manage Barcelona, so this is the biggest job that he could ever be offered. The amount of money available, and the quality of the team to manage, would be far better than offered by Daniel Levy at Spurs. Pochettino has hinted at frustrations with the club’s ambition, so this might be a move that makes sense for the manager.
Low denies Real interest
One manager who almost certainly won’t be taking over at Real Madrid is German national manager, Joachim Low. The 58-year-old was asked about the possibility of a move to club management with Real, and he said: “You can rule me out completely. For me it is not an issue, I am focused now on the World Cup. For sure Real Madrid will find a good replacement.”
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Paper Round’s view: Low has just signed another four-year contract with the German side, so it would be a huge change of heart if he were suddenly to depart after the World Cup. There appears to be plenty of promise in the next generation of German footballers, who are already being brought on by Low. It would be no surprise if he enjoyed more success with the side while under less pressure than he would find himself under in Spain.
Carvalho nears exit at Sporting
It appears that William Carvalho is close to leaving Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon. The 26-year-old midfielder looked poised to join West Ham last summer before the move broke down. However, a transfer to Everton could be on the cards, as the Portuguese international has previously played for their new boss, Marco Silva. Sporting and the player’s representatives are said to be working on a transfer away for Carvalho.
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Paper Round’s view: Carvalho looked set for big things at the start of his career, when he was linked with Arsenal and Manchester United. The stature of the clubs he has been linked with has shifted down notably, and now it is reported that Sporting want to sell. Whether that is because the club need the money or not, there are question marks over whether he has stagnated in Portugal.