Atletico Madrid would reportedly rather sign James Rodriguez this summer than Tottenham Hotspur ace Christian Eriksen.
It was recently claimed (AS) that Spurs had offered the Spanish club the chance to sign Eriksen, with the Danish playmaker having just one year left on his current contract.
Interest from Real Madrid appears to have cooled in the Denmark international, but it would appear Spurs are trying to offload the 27-year-old so they don’t lose him for free next year.
They offered him to Atleti who are said to be keen, but Marca report that the Champions League side would rather sign struggling Real midfielder James Rodriguez this summer.
Rodriguez would cost Atleti around €40 million/£36 million to sign, whereas Eriksen would set them back around €60-70 million/£54-63 million.
With Atleti seemingly cooling their interest as they pursue a cheaper option, it’s looking increasingly likely Eriksen will remain at Spurs this summer.
Eriksen is world-class on his day and Spurs are a better team for having him in the starting XI.
But his contractual situation is not ideal, and the interview he gave to Ekstrabladet in June means there is some risk attached to him staying at the club beyond the summer.
Losing a player of Eriksen’s quality on a free transfer is surely unthinkable, so Daniel Levy must work overtime to try an offload him this summer.