Why Christian Eriksen’s move to Madrid may not be that straightforward

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Dom Le Roy

While Christian Eriksen has revealed that he would be open to a move to Real Madrid, it may not be that simple for the Spanish giants to secure the deal.

Rumours regarding a deal between Madrid and Spurs for Eriksen have been circulating for some time with Eriksen confirming his interest in joining Madrid in a recent interview with Ekstrabladet.

He claimed: “There are not many points that Tottenham cannot meet. If I have to go, then hopefully it will be a step up.

“[Real Madrid] is a step up. But it requires Real Madrid to call Tottenham and say they want Christian. And they have not done so yet, as far as I know.

“It is hard. It depends on the possibilities. If nothing pops up that is more exciting, why not stay in Tottenham? If I then sign a new contract, depends on the conditions”.

Clearly Eriksen is open to a move should Madrid make contact with Tottenham. However, following Real Madrid’s €65m purchase of Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic, the deal may not be straightforward (Guardian).

Jovic is Madrid’s third confirmed signing of the summer already. Lyon’s Ferland Mendy looks likely to be confirmed as Madrid’s fourth any day now with it being widely reported that the French full back is having a medical in Madrid. Mendy would, therefore, take Madrid’s total spend to over £200 million. (Marca).

With Los Blancos also keen on capturing both Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba (both of whom would likely cost at least £100 million each) (talkSPORT) it seems unlikely that their pursuit of Eriksen will be straightforward.

For Madrid to keep spending at this rate they will need to move on some players and free up considerable space on their wage bill in order to comply with La Liga and UEFA financial fair play (Football London).

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With Eriksen confirming his interest in signing for Madrid it seems time to move him on if we can get a significant fee for his services. You’d have to think that Levy will demand a hefty sum for him, something not too dissimilar to the £105 million that Liverpool received from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho (Express).

Whether Madrid will meet Levy’s valuation is another matter though. With their current incomings and the potential of moves for both Hazard and Pogba, I find it hard to believe that they’ll be willing to pay big money for Eriksen, who hasn’t had his best season in a Spurs shirt.

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