Liverpool target Christian Eriksen could leave Dutch champions Ajax, after the club's manager Frank de Boer said the Dane needed to further his career.
"With his technique and his style of play he could be even more dangerous in front of goal. I think he would fit in well with any kind of football and perhaps now is the right time for him to take the next step [in his career]," the former Barcelona star explained.
The 43-year-old former defender, who has over 100 caps for the Dutch national side, echoed comments made by Morten Olsen, the Danish national team boss. The 63-year-old Olsen has been in charge of the Danish side since 2000, and has seen Eriksen rise through the youth system. The 21-year-old made his senior team debut in 2010, against Austria.
De Boer's comments come just a day after Denmark coach Morton Olsen admitted the midfielder is ready to leave his current employers in the summer as Eriksen is prepared to take a bigger challenge in his career.
"This is the right time for him to go," Olsen told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet, "There are many players who moved to a top club too early, but Christian is really ready."
Eriksen has been linked with a move to Anfield for some time, and has admitted an interest in Brendan Rodgers' side. However, the youngster, who has one year left on his contract, has also attracted attention from Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund. The Mail Online believes the Bundesliga club could make a £10m swoop.
"Liverpool is definitely an option. It is also one of the clubs, you'll weight higher than Amsterdam, and it's a different league and a different calibre. It sounds very exciting, but we have to look at it if there is something I do not know if there is anything specific, and I've even talked to Daniel [Agger] about it," Eriksen told sporten.dk.