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Real Madrid are set to pursue a deal to sign Christian Eriksen from Tottenham Hotspur this summer after manager Zinedine Zidane grew frustrated with the club’s attempts to acquire Paul Pogba from Manchester United, per Bernabeu Digital.
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Real, the report claims, attempted to secure a deal for the France international but were told that they would have to pay over €150m (£134.2m), while Pogba is also wanted by former club Juventus.
As such, Zidane is said to have grown tired of pursuing the 26-year-old and has subsequently given the green light to a bid for Eriksen.
The Spurs star confirmed earlier this summer that he is keen to leave the club in this transfer window and Real have long been linked with a potential interest.
Now the Spanish giants are keen to seal a deal before the beginning of pre-season, on July 8th, with Eriksen already looking for a home in the Spanish capital and Spurs willing to negotiate.
The north London club, after all, are closing in on the signing of Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele, though they want €80m (£71.5m) for the Denmark international.
Spurs need funds for the summer.
The club are already working on a deal to sign Ndombele and are also said to have targeted Real Betis star Giovani Lo Celso.
That Zidane has now seemingly given the go-ahead of Real to pursue a deal for the 27-year-old will be music to the ears of Mauricio Pochettino.
He needs to refresh his squad and, while Eriksen has been a key part of his plans in recent years, moving him on can only be a good thing if it means that the money is properly reinvested.
The signing of Lo Celso would almost certainly be proper reinvestment.