England international Kieran Trippier has left Tottenham to join Atletico Madrid, as confirmed by the club’s official website.
After his form tailed off in the wake of the World Cup, Spurs have allowed him to depart, for a fee the BBC report is £20 million.
And Trippier is not the only player Diego Simeone wants to bring from the English capital to the Spanish one, according to the Evening Standard.
If Eriksen is keen for a new challenge, the presence of a former team-mate to help him adjust and settle in may just tip the balance in favour of him following Trippier out of the exit door.
Trippier may also be able to offer the inside track into what life at Atletico and in Madrid is like, as well as what Simeone is trying to do at the club.
With little movement seemingly forthcoming in terms of a new contract for the Danish international, there’s the suspicion that this represents Tottenham’s final opportunity to land serious money in return for his services.
Trippier may well be able to extol the virtues of leaving Spurs for Madrid, pushing Daniel Levy to try and find a replacement in the market.