Seria A giants Inter Milan have made another move in their ongoing attempt to dethrone Juventus. The team officially confirmed on Tuesday that they have acquired Danish star midfielder Christian Eriksen from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.
Eriksen found himself on the market this transfer window after he rejected the opportunity to sign an extension with Tottenham. Risking losing him for nothing in the summer, English powerhouse opted to sell him. Several high-profile European teams were interested, but Inter made the first move and nabbed the 27-year-old. The reported transfer fee is believed to be around $20 million.
“I couldn’t wait to join, it’s wonderful to be here and I’m happy to be a new Inter player,” said Eriksen. “I’m very excited and can’t wait to introduce myself to the fans.”
Eriksen spent six-and-a-half years in England, playing 305 and scoring 69 goals in all competitions during that period. He also dished 62 assists in Premier League alone.
“The numbers say that I did really well in England. It’s now time to start a new challenge, I’m really happy to have the opportunity to play in Serie A for a big team. Inter is a fantastic club,” he added.
Tottenham will now look to Spanish midfielder Giovani Lo Celso to fill in the void left by Christian Eriksen. The team signed Lo Celso, who was on loan from Real Betis, to a permanent deal in a transfer worth around $36 million.