Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen has revealed Liverpool have yet made an approach to sign him. The Danish star has just a year left on his contract and has been given the green light to depart this summer, with Liverpool strongly linked. Borussia Dortmund have also been credited with an interest, but the German side’s decision to sign fellow attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan appeared to make the Reds favorite to land the 21-year-old. But Eriksen, while reiterating his desire to join a bigger club, said that there has yet to be a firm offer.
“There is some interest, but nothing concrete,” he told Dutch publication Voetbal International. It’s an exciting time, both for me and the club. But if I leave it will be a step up.” When questioned about Liverpool’s interest, Eriksen again played it down. I hear and see some things, but have not heard anything from the club. I would say keep reading.”
Over the weekend, Ajax coach Frank de Boer conceded that if Liverpool came calling they would not stand in Eriksen’s way. “It is up to Christian what he wants," the former Netherlands international explained, according to Sky Sports. "If he feels good going to Liverpool, then it is up to him. I would want nothing more than having him with us for a few more years. But we realize the interest in this kind of player is huge. And I can also understand that he wants to make another step in his career. I can't stop him."
Eriksen is not the only Ajax player said to be on Brendan Rodgers’s radar. Defender Toby Alderweireld is a reported target and, after the Belgian rejected a move to Norwich City, the Daily Mirror believes that Liverpool could yet make a move.
“I am keeping all my options open,” Alderweireld said. “I am not rushing out the door. The whole picture of my next club has to be perfect. With every offer I am receiving this summer, I look at the pros and cons. The total package of my next club has to be right for me.”
Meanwhile, Metro has claimed that Rodgers is prepared to offer £20 million to try and pry attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri away from Bayern Munich. The 21-year-old Swiss only arrived at Bayern last summer but, according to the British tabloid he is expected to ask for a move when he meets new coach Pep Guardiola next week.
That all seems rather unlikely, however. Shaqiri is viewed as a star of the future and is just the type of player who should flourish under Guardiola. Shaqiri has also previously spoken of the assurances he has been given that he features prominently in his coach’s thoughts.
In other speculation, the Daily Mirror has reported that Liverpool have made an inquiry for Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand. The 23-year-old is utilized as cover for Ashley Cole at Stamford Bridge, yet the Mirror believes he can be tempted to perform a similar role for Jose Enrique. Liverpool have also been linked with Liverpool left-back Aly Cissokho.