Christian Eriksen laid on 114 Premier League chances for Tottenham last term, 13 of which were converted into goals, while the next best key passer in the Lilywhites’ ranks was Erik Lamela, all the way back on 75.
Bearing that in mind, Spurs fans ought to be rather concerned with their Danish dynamo’s eye-watering £150,000 per week wage demands, with Serie A giants Juventus and Internazionale reportedly keeping close eyes on the situation.
The likes of big-spending Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and others would likely stump up the cash without too much fuss, with the former currently paying unwanted midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger a similar amount.
However, Spurs’ highest-paid player is captain Hugo Lloris, with the France goalkeeper on a relatively meagre wage of £80,000 per week.
Chairman Daniel Levy sanctioning almost double his skipper’s salary for Eriksen seems extremely unlikely, but with the classy number ten thought to be digging in his heels, this may not end well.
Lloris, Lamela and stalwart centre-half Jan Vertonghen are also reportedly discussing new White Hart Lane deals, so shelling out for Eriksen would open up a Pandora’s Box Levy will not countenance.
The Mirror, which carries the story of Eriksen’s demands, stats that Spurs missed out on new Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi and Liverpool summer signing Georginio Wijnaldum due to transfer fees and wages spiralling out of their comfort zone.
Boss Mauricio Pochettino is about to lose close friend and head of recruitment Paul Mitchell, who followed the Argentine from Southampton to Spurs two years ago.
A reported fall-out with the chairman is the rumoured reason for the 34-year-old former lower-league defender’s departure, although nothing has been confirmed by either Pochettino or the club.
To be fair to Levy, the north Londonders’ summer business so far looks sound, with holding-midfielder Victor Wanyama picked up from Southampton for £11m, a steal only possible due to the Kenyan entering the last 12 months of his Saints contract.
Striker Vincent Janssen for £17m doesn’t seem bad either, after the Dutchman’s 27 Eredivisie goals last term, but the Lilywhites’ priority now must be keeping hold of their best players in a football world flooded with cash.