Report: Real Madrid contemplating buying Spurs target to use him as a makeweight for Eriksen

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen, who admitted earlier in the summer that he is seeking a new challenge (Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet), has been linked heavily with a move to Real Madrid all summer.

However, the deal hasn’t quite panned out so far, and according to a report in El Confidencial, Los Blancos are coming up with a staggering plan to secure Eriksen’s services.

The report suggests that Madrid know well of Tottenham’s interest in Real Betis’ Giovani Lo Celso as well as Betis’ interest in their striker Mariano Diaz. Thus, it is claimed that Madrid, who can’t afford to spend €70m or so on Eriksen, are considering buying Lo Celso off Betis by offering €40m plus Diaz and then immediately using the Argentine as a makeweight in a deal for Eriksen.

This would thus enable Madrid to make a Lo Celso plus cash offer to Spurs for the Danish international.

Standard Sport reported earlier that Lo Celso will be free to leave Betis once the La Liga club complete the signing of Nabil Fekir from Lyon.

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This report sounds pretty ridiculous as there is no indication that Betis will settle for anything below their reported €80 million asking price for Lo Celso, and so it is unclear why they would accept an offer of Mariano Diaz plus €40m.

If it is true that Madrid are contemplating this, then it goes to show how desperate Zidane is to add Eriksen to his squad.

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