Date: 22nd October 2019 at 8:45am
Written by: Alan Johnson

According to Joaquin Maroto of AS, Real Madrid are ‘not planning’ to sign Christian Eriksen in January ‘unless players leave’. The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to Real for some time, but AS say president Florentino Perez wants to trim the squad before Zinedine Zidane will be allowed to add to it in January.

Eriksen spoke out over the summer about wanting to leave Tottenham, admitting in an interview that he was keen to join Real. The Danish international didn’t get his dream move before the transfer window shut, however, as no acceptable bid was put to Daniel Levy – the Spurs owner wanted £70m.

Tottenham have a problem though. Eriksen is out of contract next summer and can sign a pre-contract deal with an overseas club in January, so Real can still land their man in the coming months. Signing the playmaker on a Bosman means they’d have to wait until next summer before Eriksen makes the switch, but he wouldn’t cost them a penny either.

Real don’t need to put money upfront in January to sign the 27-year-old as a result, they can have him join the squad in July 2020. Los Blancos can have their cake and eat it, so selling players in January isn’t that important.

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