Inter Milan has announced the signing of Christian Eriksen in a £16.9 million move from Tottenham.
Eriksen has signed a four-and-a-half year contract at the San Siro in a deal which includes Inter paying a £843,000 (€1m) sell-on clause to the Dane’s former club Ajax and Spurs pocketing the proceeds of a friendly game with the Milan club in the future.
The 27-year-old flew into Milan from London on Monday morning after weeks of negotiations between the clubs, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy refusing to budge from his €20m (£16.8m) request, despite the risk of losing the Denmark international for free upon his contract expiry in the summer.
Eriksen was greeted by jubilant Inter fans at the Humanitas clinic in Rozzano, where he underwent his medical before penning his £130k-per-week deal, keeping him at the San Siro until June 2024.
He becomes the fifth EPL player after Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Ashley Young, and Victor Moses to be signed by Inter since Antonio Conte became the manager of the Serie A side.
Barcelona made an enquiry for Eriksen on Thursday last week but failed to follow up with an offer.
He leaves Spurs after a six-and-a-half year spell in north London, making 305 appearances, scoring 69 goals and providing 89 assists.
“I couldn’t wait to get here,” he told Inter TV. “It’s amazing to be here, I want the fans to know who I am, I already had the chance to feel their warmth, they gave me a fantastic welcome.
Spurs wasted no time in announcing Eriksen’s replacement – Giovani Lo Celso, put pen to paper to make his loan move permanent from Real Betis for £27 million.
The Argentine midfielder signed a five-and-a-half year contract with the Spurs to keep him at north London through to June 2025.
The 23-year-old, seen as the permanent replacement for Eriksen, arrived in August on a one-year loan from Real Betis with Spurs having an option to buy for £27m in January or £34m in the summer.
“It’s not an obligation, it’s an option. I think the boy is earning the decision. He’s making an easy decision for the club to execute the option,” Mourinho said of Lo Celso, who joined on a season-long loan from Real Betis.