Tottenham are running the risk of losing Christian Eriksen in the summer, according to AS.
The Denmark international has yet to sign a new contract and, with his current deal expiring in 2020, Real are hopeful a deal can be struck to take him to Spain.
Eriksen has been dragging his heels over signing a new contract, with talks currently at an impasse between the two parties.
The Dane currently earns £70,000-per-week and is looking to double his wages in London.
However, Spurs are still operating within a strict wage policy and it has been reported that there is now “little chance” of a deal being reached.
AS quote Eriksen’s agent, Martin Schoots, who is remaining coy on links with the Spanish giants.
He said: “I would prefer not to comment on issues of contracts and transfers, Christian would like to focus on his football, it was his concentration, along with his football qualities, what has taken him to this very high level, we will see what the future brings.”
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Spurs, of course, have seen key players leave for Spain in the past.
Tottenham must move quickly to tie Eriksen down.
The playmaker, at the age of 26, is approaching his peak, and is a key member of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad. In fact, it could be argued that, other than Harry Kane, Eriksen is the club’s most important player.
He has been in a rich vein of form recently, too, providing nine goals in his last 10 games, be they goals or assists.
Real, of course, are right to be interested; Modric, the Ballon d’Or winner, is approaching the twilight of his career and Eriksen appears a ready-made replacement.
But Spurs hold the cards. They have broken the bank before, handing Harry Kane a deal worth £200,000-per-week, ripping up their wage policy in the process. Dele Alli, too, is reported to now earn £100,000-per-week.
At the very least, Eriksen deserves parity with those two, and Daniel Levy would do well to quell any fan discontent by keeping the midfielder around, and showing that Spurs have shed the tag of being Real’s feeder club.