Christian Eriksen is reportedly ready to reject any new offer from Tottenham in the hope of completing the dream switch to Real Madrid in the summer. Eriksen is out of contract in the summer and foreign clubs are free to talk to him from January over a potential pre-contract agreement. Even though there was a lot of interest from other clubs like Manchester United, Eriksen is very keen on going to the Santiago Bernabeu, according to the Marca.
Ever since coming to Spurs in the summer of 2013 for just around £11 million, Eriksen has been an influential figure. He became a first-team regular from the word go and his influence on the team has only grown over the years. After a remarkable 67 goals and 86 assists in 282 games, it appears that Eriksen is keen on a new challenge.
The midfielder has clearly decided to run down his contract so much so that it is putting Spurs into a desperate situation. Chairman Daniel Levy is not someone used to being held at gunpoint, but Eriksen has managed to do the same in order to get his wish of playing for Real Madrid. Eriksen has reportedly been offered a mega-money contract worth around £60 million in order to keep him at North London. This contract would put the 27-year-old on par with Harry Kane, who is the club’s top earner, at £230,000 per week. The previous offer from Spurs was around £200,000 per week.
Levy will be kicking at the prospect of not starting negotiations much earlier, as it now places the club at a serious risk of losing a player who is easily worth around £100 million in the open market. It should be remembered that Levy demanded more than £100 million from Madrid back in 2018 when the two clubs first held discussions over the Eriksen.
Real Madrid were unable to make a concrete offer for the player in the summer, as the Los Blancos were more interested in concluding negotiations for the likes of Eden Hazard, Ferland Mendy, and Luka Jovic. Crucially, there was also a lot of interest in Paul Pogba, who appears to have been the first-choice for the Spaniards. It took a while for Madrid to accept defeat in the chase for Pogba and this left the club with little time to discuss a deal with master negotiator Levy.
Eriksen has been pivotal in the success achieved by Spurs over the last five years. Even though there is a growing sense of belief that the player will end up at the Santiago Bernabeu next summer, it is unlikely to stop Levy from trying over the next few weeks. The transfer rumours surrounding Eriksen are already starting to affect the results even if the big win over Crystal Palace did help the club lift a cloud of smoke. Despite playing the full 90 minutes against Palace, Eriksen did not come with an assist or a goal.
Pochettino may claim that Eriksen’s performances are not being affected, but a return of one goal in five appearances – and no assists – is a stark reminder of the player’s better days.