Brentford gives Eriksen a chance to make a comeback.City sign Alvarez


Christian Eriksen thumbs up at the camera and reveals that the team has returned to football almost eight months after cardiac arrest at the European Championship.

“I’m happy to announce that I’ve signed the Brentford Football Club,” Eriksen said in a social media video on Monday. “I can’t wait to get started.”

For Danish playmakers who said they were essentially dead for five minutes after falling in the opening match of Euro 2020 with Denmark, this would be a remarkable revival of play for the English Premier League.

It was the final day of the Premier League’s January transfer window headline announcement, with Manchester City and Tottenham bringing in international matches from South America and Burnley hiring a long-awaited striker to avoid demotion.

However, after signing with Brentford until the end of the season to secure his return to England, it was Eriksen who played against Tottenham until he joined Inter Milan two years ago to win Serie A.

Clubs in West London will feel like home. 29-year-old Eriksen is reunited with Brentford manager Thomas Frank, who coached him when playing in Denmark under the age of 17. He will also be the ninth Dane on the club’s team.

“We took the incredible opportunity to bring world-class players to Brentford,” Frank said. “He hasn’t trained in a team for seven months, but he does a lot of work on his own. He’s in good shape, but we need to get him in shape. He’s a player and We look forward to working with our staff to get back to the highest level. “

Frank hopes Eriksen will provide more lift to the impressive team in his first Premier League campaign and sit eight points above the relegation zone in the remaining 15 games.

“At best, Christians have the ability to dictate a football game,” Frank said. “He can find the right pass and is a threat to the goal. He also offers very good set pieces, both from the corners and from free kicks directly.

“He is the player you can find on the ball and he will come up with a solution to the problem in front of him.”

The contract between Eriksen and Inter Milan was terminated by mutual agreement in December as Italian regulations prohibited playing with an installed implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. He was recently training to regain fitness at Ajax, the Dutch club where he started his career.

Brentford not only said he had recently received a coronavirus vaccine that could comply with UK immigration rules, but also said that he “respects the medical confidentiality of Christians” by not leaking any further information.

Eriksen will fly to London this week, but he won’t be training in Brentford right away.

From Alvarez to City

There is another Argentine striker in the Manchester City book.

Julian Alvarez has signed a 5.5 year contract with River Plate. Under this contract, he will continue the loan until at least July.

Alvarez could be the long-term successor to the city’s great Sergio Aguero, who left the club 10 years later in the off-season and then retired.

“He can play many offensive roles, and I’m sure he’s one of the youngest offensive players in South America,” said Txiki Begiristain, city director of football. I did.

22-year-old Alvarez played five times in Argentina, scoring 26 goals in all club and national competitions last year, helping River win the national title.

Tottenham Midfield

Tottenham overhauled the team on a busy deadline.

With two additions from Juventus, Uruguay midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur has joined the deal until 2026, and Swedish winger Deyanklesefuksi has signed an 18-month loan deal.

Four players were offloaded and Dele Alli left for Everton after spending seven years in Tottenham.

Tanguy Ndombele, who has been disappointed since joining Tottenham from Lyon for a club record of € 60 million ($ 67 million) in 2019, is back in the French club. Lyon paid € 1.42 million ($ 1.59 million) to take out a loan in June with the option of signing a permanent move.

Bryan Gil, who has been struggling with match times since joining Sevilla in the off-season, has returned to Valencia, Spain until the end of the season. Geovaniro Serso was also rented to Villarreal.

The future of Arsenal

While Arsenal were busy trying to release striker Pierre Emery Cuau Bameyan to Barcelona, ​​clubs in northern London completed a deal to sign Auston Trustee from Colorado Rapids. The 23-year-old defender was immediately rented out to an American club owned by Stan Kroenke until July.

Escape of Van Beek

Frank Lampard’s first signature as Everton’s manager brought Donny van de Beek on a loan from Manchester United. The 24-year-old Dutch midfielder has only started the Premier League four times since United signed from Ajax in 2020. There is no season.

Newcastle Quartet

Newcastle has signed Brighton defender Dan Burn and a full-back Matt Targett from Aston Villa for the rest of the season. This is because the club’s Saudi Arabian ownership felt its presence in the first transfer window since it gained significant control of the Northeast Club in October, resulting in 120 million players in January. It means that you moved to St. James Park for more than a dollar.

Burnley’s new striker

Burnley was forced to sell Chris Wood to rival Newcastle two weeks ago, so he signed Dutch striker Bout Begst to lead the attack.

Joining from the German team Wolfsburg, Wegost is a 6’6 (1.98m) striker with aerial quality suitable for Burnley. Burnley often uses a direct long ball approach.

Wood left Burnley after Newcastle invoked a £ 25m ($ 34.5m) release clause in his contract. Burnley is in the final position, 3 points behind Newcastle, the third to last, and 4 points from safety.

Rob Harris

Associated Press

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