Man City better option than Chelsea or Arsenal for contract rebel Eriksen

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The playmaker position is one area that all of the clubs challenging for Premier League honours have covered in their squads at present, which makes it difficult to suggest which would have the most to gain from signing Christian Eriksen.

Eriksen has dropped the biggest hint yet that he is ready to leave Ajax at the end of the season by turning down the opportunity to discuss extending his contract in Holland beyond 2014.

Although the Danish midfielder is easily their star asset, Ajax are certainly a selling club, as they proved with the summer departures of Jan Vertonghen and Gregory Van Der Wiel.

Making the most from Eriksen will be their chief goal and they will surely not want to allow him to enter the final two years of a deal where his price will gradually begin to deteriorate.

Manchester United have been previously linked with Eriksen, but the summer arrival of Shinji Kagawa has reduced the chances of such a transfer, especially with Wayne Rooney also now more regularly playing in the hole.

Chelsea are certainly not short on attacking midfield options either with Oscar, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata all more than capable of performing a similar role to Eriksen.

This leaves Arsenal and Manchester City.

Arsenal have little competition to Santi Cazorla, but arguably the midfield schemer position is the last that Arsene Wenger will be looking to strengthen in upcoming windows.

Therefore, it may be Man City who are most in need of Eriksen’s signature and they saw first-hand his talents in two recent Champions League encounters with Ajax.

Eriksen, David Silva and Samir Nasri could make a fearsome trio behind a lone striker, even if this would mean Roberto Mancini having to slightly tinker with his formation to accommodate all three.

This would be especially true if any of the latest batch of rumours linking Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli with moves away from the Etihad have any truth to them.

Winning the Premier League title for a second successive season must also provide an extra tick in Manchester City’s favour and this is currently available at 9/5, despite their unbeaten start.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.