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Borussia Dortmund Set To Rival Arsenal For This Inter Milan Playmaker: What Should Favre Do?

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If the report from Tuttomercatoweb is believed to be true, Borussia Dortmund have joined the race for Inter Milan playmaker Christian Eriksen. The Denmark international left Tottenham Hotspur for the Serie A side but has struggled ever since to settle in the new surroundings.

All went wrong for the Dane in Italy who came with big promise but delivered so little. Antonio Conte’s set-up might have been troublesome for the 28-year-old even though he has mostly been deployed as a ‘trequartista’ behind Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku. The former Azzurri boss lines up his squad in a 3-4-1-2 pattern, but his style of play has not been convenient for the midfield attacker.

Why Borussia Dortmund Must Make A Move For Eriksen

Dortmund, on the other hand, are a young exciting force who have done so well under Lucien Favre. They have been the hunting ground of many for years, yet the Yellow brigade have found a way to maintain their standard with stunning recruitment policy and scouting network.

The likes of Jadon Sancho, Julian Brandt, Erling Braut Håland and Giovanni Reyna are there to rule the football world in the forthcoming future, but a player of Eriksen’s profile might boost their Bundesliga hope with all his experience and expertise from the middle of the park.

Good Old Days: Borussia Dortmund target Christian Eriksen celebrating his goal for Spurs
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 12: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 12, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

What Went Wrong For Him With The Nerazzurri

Conte, meanwhile, prefers to focus on the defensive game and stage counter-attacking threats using the width of the pitch. Inter have often been found whipping in crosses for Lukaku inside the box, and the build-up down the middle has been limited with or without Eriksen. Having orchestrated an attacking brand of football for almost a decade (with Ajax & Spurs), the Denmark international could not attune to the gaffer’s demands overnight.

Meanwhile, a transfer to Borussia Dortmund would be a breath of fresh air for Eriksen too, who possesses a plethora of talents all over the pitch. They love to outscore their opponents week in, week out and the free-flowing football introduced by Favre is something the player would be excited to be a part of.

However, the German hotshots are not alone in the hunt with Arsenal and Paris St-Germain keeping close tabs on his situation. Although the Express has claimed that the Gunners will pass up the chance of tying him down, the North Rhine-Westphalia outfit might still have to knock down the French heavyweights to bolster their attacking third.

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