Italian transfer expert Alfredo Pedulla has claimed on his personal website that Atletico Madrid have joined Real Madrid in the race for Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen.
Eriksen, 27, has spent six years at Tottenham since joining the club in 2013, and in that time has developed the reputation of being one of the best attacking midfielders in world football.
In 277 outings for Spurs, he has scored 66 times – a ratio of around one goal every four matches – and has laid on 86 assists, which is almost an assist every three games. But he has now entered the final 12 months of his contract.
Real have been strongly linked for the 89-time Denmark cap, but now Diego Simeone’s side are keen to bring in Eriksen after selling Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona. The French ace needs replacing, and they want Eriksen.
It remains to be seen if Eriksen will indeed leave the north London club this summer, with suitors yet to make a move for the ex-Ajax star. But with Atletico now keen, talks could ramp up.
TBR’s view – Atletico a solid move for Eriksen
Real Madrid’s Galacticos have strengthened well this summer, adding exuberance and youthfulness to an ageing, tired squad. Zinedine Zidane has brought in the likes of Eden Hazard, Luke Jovic and Eder Militao.
Though an unbelievably good player, Eriksen shines at Spurs because he is one of the best in his side. At Real, he would be lost among a quagmire of extraordinary talent and calibre of players.
The likes of Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and more prove somewhat intimidating. He may not even be guaranteed a start. But at Atleti, Eriksen would become the main man – replacing Griezmann.