Real Madrid’s chances of signing Christian Eriksen from Tottenham Hotspur in a cut-price deal have reportedly been boosted, with AS saying that sources close to the player believe he could be purchased for between £50million-£75million as he has just 18 months remaining on his contract.
AS previously reported that Spurs had told Real that Eriksen would cost €250m (£219m) in a bid to ward off their interest. However, Real have continued to track the 26-year-old, and are monitoring developments surrounding his contract closely.
According to the new AS report, Real hope that they can leverage the fact that, at the end of the 2019-20 season, Eriksen could choose to leave on a free transfer, leaving Spurs without any compensation for one of their best players.
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As a result, Real are said to believe that a transfer could cost up to £75m but no more, which is roughly half of what Barcelona paid to sign Philippe Coutinho – BBC Sport reported that the Brazilian cost Barca £142m when he joined the club from Liverpool.
AS reports that the La Liga giants see similarities between the two deals and hope to convince Levy to cash in this summer.
Time is running out for Spurs to keep Eriksen.
The Daily Mail claimed at the beginning of January that the club are determined to tie Eriksen down to a new deal, with Spurs ready to more than double his current £70,000-per-week wages.
However, it appears that the Dane is very aware of his own worth as this transfer saga continues.
Real have the capacity to offer wages that Spurs cannot dream of; the North London outfit, then, would do well to listen to Eriksen’s demands and bend over backwards to ensure he sticks around.
The club have not signed a new player since January of last year and, if they are to continue selling players – Mousa Dembele has moved to China this month – they could well reinvest that money into putting together an attractive contract offer for the Dane, instead of bolstering the squad.
He knows he is worth it and so do Spurs. The problem facing Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino is that Real Madrid do too.