In the summer, it’s widely expected that Real Madrid will spend a lot of euros on players. Los Blancos have been desperately poor in the last two league seasons. Zinedine Zidane has quietly declared that putting FC Barcelona in place back at home is a priority, and a refresh of the squad is likely going to be needed to match them over 38 matches. One name that was regularly linked was Christian Eriksen – but it appears the Dane might not arrive in this summer.
In the last year of his deal now, Eriksen will be moving towards an exit in 2020 on a free transfer. At that point, Eriksen will be between the age of 28 and 29, and thus moving into his peak years. As one of the best players in the English Premier League, a move abroad – to Spain in particular – feels like an interesting next challenge. The length of time spent at Tottenham Hotspur probably stops a move to another English side. A move to Spain, then, would likely appeal most.
Eriksen has given out mixed signals on the likelihood of signing a new deal, and now looks more likely to move on than sign that deal. With no breakthrough in talks, and with Madrid spending on other parts of the side, a move might have to wait. Madrid are unlikely to pay the fee that Spurs could ask for, and Eriksen is unlikely to agitate for a move.
Therefore, an impasse could form, where the Dane gives one more year at Spurs before moving on for free. One thing is for sure, though; the two Spanish giants would both like to be involved when the time comes for Eriksen to move on.