Tottenham are ready to play hardball over Christian Eriksen after telling Inter Milan they will not let him go on the cheap.
Inter are trying to force through a cut-price deal after offering £11m plus two big bonuses which will depend on success and appearances.
But it is understood that is still nowhere near enough Tottenham ’s valuation who rate him closer to £20m and agreement is still some way off.
Eriksen’s agent Martin Schoots is due to meet Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy on Tuesday but the deal is still at deadlock unless Inter up their offer.
Denmark midfielder Eriksen, 27, only has six months left on his contract and is now free to talk and sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs.
Inter were hoping that would help persuade Spurs to sell – but they are standing firm as they have been left infuriated by the Serie A club’s tactics.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho launched a stinging rebuke on Inter and their boss Antonio Conte last week, accusing them of talking publicly which has unsettled Eriksen.
Mourinho was also frustrated that Inter were yet to make an acceptable offer and Spurs believe it is time for them to put up or shut up.
It is now threatening to turn ugly and yet Inter were confident of getting a deal done – but they will have to raise their price significantly to make it happen this month.
Tottenham do risk losing Eriksen for nothing in the summer but are determined not to be bullied into a sale and Inter’s tactics are unlikely to help the situation.