The Christian Eriksen transfer saga was one of the biggest talking points of the summer window – and it’s sure to be at the forefront of discussions during January as well.
Eriksen, 27, has made it clear he will not sign a new deal at Tottenham and has expressed his desire to move to Real Madrid, with Manchester United also keen on him.
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The Danish midfielder is in the last year of his contract at White Hart Lane and looks certain to walk away from the club in the summer when he becomes a free agent.
As a result, Tottenham would prefer to cash in on him when the transfer window reopens in January so they don’t lose him for nothing just months later.
But is a move to Real Madrid still possible in the winter market? According to media sources in Spain, the answer to that question is both ‘yes’ and ‘no’.
However, Diario AS suggest that while Eriksen would prefer to do business when a free agent next summer, thus increasing his signing-on bonus, Tottenham have slashed their star asset’s asking price by £198m.
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If that report is accurate, Eriksen will be available for a cut-price £27m come the start of the new year, after Daniel Levy valued him at £225m last year.
This would make Eriksen a budget signing for Los Blancos in January, even if he would like to move on a free transfer to personally benefit from a financial standpoint.
But a move in January is OFF the cards, according to a third source in Spain.
El Chiringuito say there is no chance Eriksen will be heading to the Bernabeu when the transfer window reopens, meaning any switch will only take place next summer.
The same report claims Juventus and Bayern Munich have also entered the race for Eriksen with his time in north London seemingly coming to an end.