Inter Milan have finally completed the signing of Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.
The 27-year-old travelled to Italy on Monday for a medical and has agreed terms on a four-and-a-half-year contract. His £17million move brings to an end a six-and-a-half-year career at Spurs where he was one of the driving forces behind their ascent to the top of the English game under Mauricio Pochettino. Spurs will see it as a good piece of business, having got a sizeable fee for a player whose contract was expiring in the summer and would have left for free.
Tottenham were not prepared to allow Eriksen's departure to be their main story of the day as the club simultaneously announced they had triggered the option to turn Giovani Lo Celso's loan into a permanent deal. The Argentinian, seen as a natural replacement for Eriksen, has joined from Real Betis for £27.2million on a deal until 2025. A Spurs statement read: "We are delighted to announce that we have exercised the option to convert the loan of Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis Balompie to a permanent transfer. The midfielder has produced impressive performances after establishing himself in the team following a hip injury which restricted his playing time in the early part of his loan at the club."
Spurs would have had to pay £34million to make Lo Celso's deal permanent in the summer, which was obligatory if they finished in the top four.
After a slow start to life in north London, the 23-year-old has shown glimpses of his potential in recent weeks.
On Saturday, following his role in Spurs' 1-1 FA Cup draw at Southampton, boss Jose Mourinho said his form had given Spurs "no choice but to execute the option".
There was less fanfare around the departure of Eriksen, who leaves having scored 69 goals and provided 89 assists in 305 appearances. "The club can also confirm the departure of Christian Eriksen after agreement was reached with FC Internazionale Milano for the Denmark international's transfer," they added. "We wish Christian well for the future."