Leicester City balk at Christian Eriksen's £300k-a-week wages after making loan enquiry

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Christian Eriksen is interesting Leicester, but could also return to Spurs this month - AP
Christian Eriksen is interesting Leicester, but could also return to Spurs this month - AP

Leicester City have made an inquiry about signing Christian Eriksen on loan for the rest of the season, but balked at his £300,000-a-week wages.

Eriksen can leave Inter Milan this month and has been linked with a return to Tottenham Hotspur, where he spent seven years before moving to Italy last January.

Despite significant hurdles, the prospect of Eriksen rejoining Spurs has not yet been dismissed but Leicester last week approached Inter about a potential deal for the Dane.

The Foxes, though, stepped back after learning they would have to pay Eriksen his full £300,000-a-week wages until the end of the season.

Leicester’s top earners are Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmiechel on more than £100,000-a-week and Inter would have to agree to pay a large percentage of Eriksen’s wages for a deal to be revived before the transfer window shuts.

Leicester briefly moved to the top of the table after beating Chelsea on Tuesday night and are just two points behind leaders Manchester United, who moved back to the top spot on Wednesday night.

Rodgers played down talk of a Leicester title challenge following the victory over Chelsea, but interest in Eriksen would suggest he is looking at whether or not he could strengthen his squad to keep pace with their rivals.

Leicester are already without Dennis Praet, who has a bad hamstring injury, for around three months and further space could be made if the club sell or loan out Demarai Gray, who has interest from Bayer Leverkusen, and Hamza Choudhury, who has been linked with West Bromwich Albion and most recently Newcastle United.

Leicester’s finances have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and lack of fans, but the Foxes have already managed to get big earner Islam Slimani off the wage bill after he joined Lyon.

Sources in Italy have claimed that Inter would demand that Tottenham paid a fee and covered Eriksen’s wages to take him back on loan, while other clubs would only be required to pay his salary, but that is still currently too much for Leicester.

Eriksen was one of the best midfielders in the Premier League at Spurs and would suit the style of play of Rodgers, having played a similar high-tempo game under Mauricio Pochettino in north London.