Tottenham have made contact with Ajax starlet Frenkie de Jong as a potential replacement for Christian Eriksen, according to the Express.
They report that with Real Madrid sniffing around the Danish playmaker, Daniel Levy has started to put a contingency plan in place.
Eriksen has said that Tottenham are aware of his demands but with no recent movement over a new contract – and his current deal expiring in 2020 – the prospect of him leaving the club at the end of the season has moved closer.
And de Jong is reportedly on the radar as the ideal replacement; with Tottenham willing to spend a club-record fee on the young Dutchman from the substantial fee they would hope to recoup for Eriksen.
Paris Saint Germain are also reportedly in the hunt for de Jong, but Spurs have told his agent they are willing to match the French champions’ offer.
De Jong is one of the hottest talents in world football right now and would be the ideal man to replace Eriksen if the worst happens and he does move to Madrid.
Spurs have a good history of buying from Ajax, and De Jong has the potential to go on and be even better than Eriksen; and if they don’t get him when he makes the big move at this stage of his career, he will be out of their price bracket thereafter.