Real Madrid are set to make a last-minute bid for Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, reports The Sun.
Los Blancos have been interested in the Spurs playmaker all summer, but seemed to cool their interest in the Dane, instead pursuing Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
With United rejecting offers from Madrid for their prized asset, though, it now looks as if the Spaniards have ended their interest in the France international.
Eriksen is reportedly viewed as a much more achievable signing considering he has just 10 months to left on his current contract in north London.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy may want to cash in on the 27-year-old now instead of losing him for nothing next summer, with Madrid set to offer a last-gasp ‘take it or leave it’ bid worth a reported £60m for the former Ajax man.
Real view Eriksen as the perfect successor for Luka Modric in central midfield. The 33-year-old has just a year left to run on his contract at the Bernabeu and could well depart the Spanish capital for a fresh challenge next summer, with Madrid keen on bringing in younger reinforcements to the midfield.
Indeed, last season Eriksen averaged more key passes, through balls and crosses than Modric per 90 minutes (according to WhoScored) so it’s easy to see how he’d fit in for Los Blancos.
Although selling Eriksen makes perfect sense from a business point of view, his value to Tottenham is much greater than the talked about £60m on offer.
Last season Eriksen scored 8 league goals from midfield, alongside twelve assists. He also created 10 big chances and provided 117 crosses for his teammates (per Premier League), the most effective outlet in the Spurs team.
Having the Denmark international in the side this season could be the difference to Spurs when it comes to challenging for the title; without him in the team the north Londoners are nowhere near as effective, as pointed out by Luke Brown of the Independent in the game against Aston Villa.
That kind influence in a Real Madrid side who may need a replacement for Modric sooner rather than later given that the Croatian star is
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