Following an embarrassing 2018-19 campaign both domestically and on the continent, Real Madrid have embarked on a stunning £275m summer shopping spree, and Los Blancos are not finished yet.
Coach Zinedine Zidane has made no secret of his desire to snap up Manchester United ace Paul Pogba but the £150m fee on the Frenchman’s head has so far been deemed unrealistic.
It has been reported in the Spanish press President Florentino Perez is a known admirer of Tottenham Hostpur’s Christian Eriksen and the playmaker has already gone public on his wish to move on. The come-and-get-me-plea in the off season was seemingly aimed at Los Blancos, though Atletico Madrid are also in the running.
While Eriksen and Pogba possess different qualities, the Dane is viewed as a cut price option given he only has 12 months remaining on his Spurs contract.
Current employers Tottenham appear to be preparing for Eriksen’s departure after smashing their club transfer record at the beginning of the month with the £62m acquisition of Tanguy Ndombele. The Frenchman is a dynamic box-to-box midfielder but could see his fee eclipsed by Giovani Lo Celso, if reports are to believed.
The young Argentine enjoyed a fine campaign with Real Betis and Mauricio Pochettino is actively pushing for the deal to be concluded before August 8. Lo Celso of course occupies the same position on the pitch as Eriksen and the £70m rated South American is likely to go straight in to his favoured role.
If Eriksen was to leave the North London outfit between now and the close of the window, Real Madrid remain the 9/2 favourites to become the 27-year-old’s next destination. Neighbours and bitter rivals Atletico are 13/8 but much depends on Diego Simeone’s pursuit of James Rodriguez.
Fortunately for both, La Liga teams are able to make signings right up until the end of August, and there could soon be some real movement if Lo Celso joins Tottenham.
Manchester United are in at 20/1, but Ole Gunnar has more pressing concerns with the chase for Harry Maguire likely to go to the wire. The Red Devils legend is also on the lookout for a central midfielder and barring a sudden change of heart, Eriksen won’t be plying his trade at Old Trafford next month.
Interestingly, the Middelfart Boldklub youth graduate is 8/15 to remain at Spurs but this is likely to fluctuate over the next seven days as Europe’s elite clubs finally make their move in the market.