By all accounts, he was on Real Madrid’s summer transfer shortlist, but ultimately it was decided that Christian Eriksen wouldn’t be worth the money Tottenham wanted for him. He was, after all, just one year away from becoming a free agent. The financially prudent thing to do was hold off and monitoring the Dane for another six months.
Those six months have just about passed, though, and Real Madrid must weight up whether or not they want to activate their long-standing interest in Eriksen. The 27-year-old will be free to talk to clubs when the January transfer window opens in just a few weeks with there no suggestion that the Dane will extend his Spurs contract.
Daniel Levy being Daniel Levy will surely attempt to draw a fee for Eriksen in January. It will, after all, be Spurs’ last chance to get some money for one of their best players. He will tout the Danish playmaker around Europe when the window opens. Eriksen, however, is in a position of power.
He’s in a similar situation to the one Aaron Ramsey was in at Arsenal last season. The Welshman rejected every contract put in front of him by the Gunners and ultimately got something of a dream move to Juventus as a free agent, signing a contract reported to be worth around £400,000-a-week.
One difference is in the way Eriksen has stagnated for Spurs in recent months. Ramsey remained a key figure for Arsenal right up until the day he walked out of the Emirates Stadium for Turin, but Eriksen has been a peripheral figure for Tottenham so far this season. Not even Mauricio Pochettino’s exit and Jose Mourinho’s arrival has changed his fortunes.
And so Real Madrid must weight up, and quickly, whether or not Eriksen would be revitalised by a new challenge. Or would he be just another Alexis Sanchez, unable to rediscover his form of old after falling into a mood of malaise? Has Eriksen’s decline of late been temporary or terminal?
Ultimately, it might be difficult for Real Madrid to turn down a player so talented on a free transfer. Eriksen would undoubtedly improve Zinedine Zidane’s squad. The Dane would be a useful player to have, but he might no longer be the ‘Galactico’ signing he was billed as not so long ago.
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