Real Madrid have reportedly set an upper limit of €70m in the negotiations for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen – but should Spurs sell at that price?
Spanish outlet AS write that Madrid chief Florentino Perez has a definite interest in Eriksen and met Spurs chairman Daniel Levy ahead of last Saturday’s Champions League final.
Erisken enjoyed another fine season in front of goal for the north London club, scoring eight goals and providing 12 assists this season.
His consistency since joining the club in 2013 have made him one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe, with his eye for a pass, ability to beat a man one on one and free-kick taking putting him above the rest of the Spurs squad.
At 27 years of age he should be set for his prime years shortly, and in today’s inflated transfer market €70m seems nowhere near enough for a player of his standard.
The fact that the Dane’s contract with the club expires in the summer of 2020 is a major issue, with Levy well aware that this is his last chance to gain good money for him should he not wish to sign a new deal.
In addition, Eriksen is reported to have been a supporter of the La Liga giants since he was young, so is keen to realise a life-long of playing for Los Blancos in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Given the playmaker’s personality he is unlikely to kick up a fuss if he is denied a move before the start of the 2019/20 season, but would it really be worth keeping an unhappy player on the books.
It also has to be acknowledged that despite reaching this year’s Champions League final, Spurs have not won a trophy since the League cup in 2008, and a player of Eriksen’s calibre will want to get some medals on his mantelpiece sooner rather than later.
On reflection, should the Madrid club or anybody else submit a bid of €70m it would probably be worth letting the midfielder go for the sake of both the player and Tottenham Hotspur.