This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
All summer long, Real Madrid have been longing for their Galactico signings, or at least, that was the narrative the media around them tried to create. And when that pursuit yielded no real results, and they ended up bringing in just one star, it was labelled as a failure. But now, if the reports from AS are to be believed, Los Blancos have finally found their man.
Real Madrid have been flirting with Paul Pogba for a while now and though nothing is for certain, it does look unlikely that a deal will be struck anytime soon.
At least that’s what the reported €200m (£178,6m) asking price would indicate at first. AS also go on to say that Manchester United will be looking to offer the Frenchman a new contract, which would make things a lot more difficult than they already are.
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But they don’t have to be. All Real Madrid have to do is drop the pursuit that is likely to leave their wallets empty and nerves spent and turn to another, seemingly more attainable target who could offer a similar amount of quality: Christian Eriksen.
If Real Madrid are indeed on a hunt for Galactico signings to please both the fans and the media’s outcries, they really shouldn’t look much further than Eriksen. The 27-year-old midfielder is a name well-known in the world of football and one that could most likely give them exactly what they’re seeking.
And the best part is that the Dane is entering the final stretches of his Tottenham Hotspur contract and has so far not shown any indication that he will sign a new one. Of course, this means that Real Madrid can even grab him for free should he decide to join, and they will be able to land him on a pre-contract agreement in January.
But money was never really a big problem for a club in Real who are no strangers to spending the big bucks to land their targets. They’ve shown as much when they scooped up Eden Hazard from Chelsea just this summer. But Eriksen brings a lot of quality as well and would be a Galactico even if he arrives on the cheap.
Just last season, he scored 10 goals and assisted 17 across all competitions for Spurs. Getting such a target would be quite a prize in itself but landing him on the cheap or, even better, for free, would make the deal that little bit sweeter.
AS also state that the player has been offered a new contract by Daniel Levy, and a tempting one at that.
With that news in mind, Los Blancos better hurry while the contract is only on the table and not laced with Eriksen’s freshly documented signature.