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Christian Eriksen contract latest: Boost as Man Utd make Real Madrid swap demand for Paul Pogba

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Christian Eriksen stayed at Tottenham Hotspur after the European transfer window shut and Spurs received no bids, but the Dane's future is far from certain.

The midfielder will stay in north London until at least January after a summer move away failed to materialise, but with his Spurs contract expiring at the end of the season, and with the playmaker expressing his desire for a new challenge, there's a nervy feeling around the Spurs' camp.

Here's the timeline on the future of the star.

Daniel Levy calls Real Madrid

Eriksen appeared unwilling to sign a new contract at Tottenham.

That was according to Spanish outlet Marca, who also stated that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has called Real Madrid general manager Jose Angel Sanchez to try and broker a deal.

Spurs were asking for a fee in the region of £130million last summer, for their Danish star, but Marca report that the fee this time around is £70m.

Eriksen has never stated his desire to leave, insisting that he could sign a new contract at Spurs, but admitting that it might be time for a "new challenge".

And if he does not go this summer, the Dane can leave on a free transfer next season, at the end of his contract.

Eriksen considering Manchester United move

Expected to join Real Madrid this summer with his Spurs contract running down, Manchester United entered the race for his signature.

According to The Mirror, earlier in the window, the Dane was considering a move to Old Trafford with a move to the Spanish capital looking extremely unlikely.

In fact, they reported that player even packed up his north London home before the Champions League final as he was so sure of a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen against Ajax in the Champions League. (Image: (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images))

While a move to United certainly is appealing given the stature of the club, the fact they don't have Champions League football could well work against them in their hopes of luring him to the Theatre of Dreams.

Transfer fee

The Red Devils will have to pay big money if they want to sign the 27-year-old before the transfer deadline.

The Daily Telegraph reported that English rivals will have to pay Spurs an incredible £130m for the player even though his contract expires next summer.

However, clubs from abroad won't have to pay anywhere near that figure as the report says Spurs would want at least £80m for the highly-rated player.

Man United's Pogba demand

While Pogba has emerged as Real Madrid's first choice ahead of Eriksen, things could quickly change should Zidane fail to land their man.

According to Marca, Manchester United are demanding a fee of around €200m should they sell the Frenchman to Real Madrid this summer. A figure way higher than the Spanish club are willing to pay.

Despite the midfielder making it clear that he would like to move to Real, the report claims that the Red Devils have no intentions of even entering into negotiations unless it's for an astronomical fee.

Paul Pogba is wanted by Real Madrid (Image: Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

This situation and Man United's demands could cause Los Blancos to return with their interest in Eriksen, who compared to €200m for Pogba would be seen as a snip at just £130m.

Eriksen on his future

Speaking to Danish publication Ekstra Bladet earlier in the month, the midfielder dropped a transfer bombshell by claiming he would like to try something new following a lot of speculation about his future.

"I feel that I am at a stage of my career where I would like to try something new," he said. "I have the deepest respect for everything that is happening at Tottenham and it would not be something negative to stay. But I have also said that I would like to try something new.

"I hope that something will be decided this summer. That is the plan. In football you never know when there could be a decision like that. It could be at any point. The best thing is always for it to happen quickly, but in football things take time."

Christian Eriksen walks around the pitch

Asked about a move to Real Madrid, he added "Real Madrid is a step up, but then it would take Real Madrid picking up the phone and making contact with Tottenham and say that they want Christian. And that they haven’t done as far as I am concerned.

"It all depends on Daniel Levy and there has to be another club too. Or I will sit down myself at the table and negotiate a new contract. You can’t set a date yourself. There aren’t many boxes that Tottenham don’t tick so if I have to move away, it would have to be a step up.

"If there are no exciting offers why shouldn’t I stay at Tottenham? If I then sign a new contract depends on the conditions."

Pogba replacement

Pogba to Real Madrid and Eriksen to Manchester United?

That's what the Sun have reported as they stated the Red Devils see the Dane as the best possible replacement for the Frenchman.

Although, the Manchester Evening News state Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would prefer to keep Pogba rather than sign Eriksen.

Pochettino on Eriksen's future

Speaking as a guest at the British Grand Prix, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed his hopes that Eriksen will be at Tottenham for at least another season, although the Argentine has admitted that there is a possibility that the player will move onto pastures new this summer.

"I hope he is. I think he is a great player, Christian. One of the biggest talents in football," he said,

"After five years working with him, I am sure in the way that he plays, and I hope yes.

"But you know, there is a lot of interest. I hope yes, but I don’t know what is going to happen with that.”

Options running out?

According to the Guardian, a longer stay at Spurs for Eriksen is looking more and more likely, due to the fact that he is 'short of options' for a move away from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The report claims that only a handful of clubs would be able to meet the financial requirements to complete a deal, and that Manchester United's failure to qualify for the Champions League last season rules them out of the race.

Although Real Madrid seem to have turned their attention elsewhere, they could yet return for the Dane, although they seem to be putting more energy into securing the signing of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

New team join the race

Atletico Madrid are the latest team to join the race for the playmaker's signature.

With Real Madrid's interest reportedly cooling, their city rivals have taken up the mantle of chasing the Danish star.

Christian Eriksen and Kieran Trippier ahead of the Champions League final vs Liverpool (Image: Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

According to Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla, Diego Simeone is a keen admirer of the 27-year-old midfielder, however, do they have the money to make a move for him?

Atletico have already shelled out £126million this summer on Joao Felix from Benfica, and despite Antoine Griezmann leaving for Barcelona, the finances may not be there for them to prise Eriksen away from Spurs.

Eriksen to Liverpool?

Last season's Premier League runners-up are yet to make a significant signing this summer and Dean Saunders has urged them to make a surprise bid for the Spurs star.

"They (Liverpool) could spend it maybe... I think Eriksen could slot into Liverpool’s team,” Saunders told talkSPORT when asked about where Eriksen should go.

"That type of player who will make their midfield a bit more productive."

New contract

Or could it be that after all this speculation Eriksen commits his future to the north London outfit?

It's something he didn't rule out when discussing his future earlier in the summer and the Daily Mail claim that Spurs have offered the attacking midfielder a new contract.

Currently earning a reported £80,000-a-week, this report claims Eriksen could more than double his money.

Christian Eriksen trains alone

It's claimed that Spurs' latest offer could push Eriksen’s wage closer to £200,000-a-week.

Although it should be noted that the midfielder's advisers have told the club Eriksen won't be influenced by money.

Lo Celso deal

football.london understands that Spurs remain interested in Giovani Lo Celso and are in negotiations with Real Betis.

Although, contrary to reports, a deal has not yet been struck for him.

Should there be an agreement between now and deadline day, speculation regarding Eriksen's future is sure to ramp up again as the Argentine would rival him for a place in Pochettino's starting XI.

However, football.london have revealed that a move for Lo Celso is not dependent on the Dane leaving the north London outfit.

Atletico Madrid boost

The La Liga giants could do Spurs a massive favour.

Marca claim that Diego Simeone's side have turned their attentions to Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodriguez who - at €40m - is a cheaper option than Eriksen (€60 or €70m).

A deal between the two rivals instead of the Colombian joining Napoli would be great news for Spurs and Pochettino.

James Rodriguez in action for Bayern (Image: Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

James Rodriguez to Atletico effectively rules out the prospect of Eriksen joining ex-teammate Kieran Trippier at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium and pushes him closer to staying in north London.

Manchester United interest continues

With two weeks of the summer transfer window remaining, the Mail claimed that United were monitoring the Dane's situation.

While Solskjaer would prefer to keep Pogba, Eriksen is said to remain on the radar if the Frenchman departs for Real Madrid.

A major exit from the Bernabeu could see that move become a reality.

Juventus enter race

According to Calcio Mercato, Juventus are the latest side to enter the race for Eriksen's signature this summer.

The report states that new boss Maurizio Sarri is not happy with his midfield yet, despite having signed Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot on free transfers this summer.

And Eriksen is now being targeted by the former Chelsea boss.

Paulo Dybala playing for Juventus in one of their pre-season friendlies (Image: Mattia Ozbot/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Dybala deal?

If Juventus really are interested in Eriksen, that could have a huge benefit to Spurs.

Tottenham are in talks with Juve over a summer move for striker Paulo Dybala, with the two clubs reaching an agreement of £64.5million for the Argentine international.

Could Eriksen be used as a makeweight in the deal?

Spurs hopeful of persuading Christian Eriksen to stay

The Daily Mail have reported that Tottenham are optimistic about their chances of keeping the playmaker.

They claim that Spurs are willing to more than double his wages, but that the player is pushing for a release clause that will allow him to leave if certain clubs come in for him.

Real Madrid transfer

Eriksen remains on Real Madrid's radar, however, Pogba remains their number one choice.

Eriksen is the number two target, with Ajax youngster Donny van de Beek emerging as a shock third choice.

Madrid have until the end of August to get a deal done.

United deal off

Manchester United have reportedly pulled out of the race to sign Eriksen this summer.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had "encouraged" United to make a move for the Dane, according to our friends at the Manchester Evening News, with Levy looking for around £50million for him as the transfer window countdown clock ticks down.

But according to Simon Stone at the BBC, the Red Devils have now "pulled the plug" on a move.

That is because Eriksen has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid and United do not think they have enough time to secure a transfer.

Juventus plot pre-contract deal for Spurs stars

Christian Eriksen may still be a Tottenham player but the Italian giants could plot a move.

According to The Metro, Juventus are looking towards offering the playmaker a contract when his deal expires in 2020.

This would see them replicate the same approach that has seen the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Emre Can go to Turin in recent seasons.

Contract update

Our Spurs writer Alasdair Gold gave his thoughts on some of the big talking points at the new Tottenham Stadium right now during an Q&A session with fans last week where he was asked about Eriksen and his new contract.

This is what he said: "Spurs will try everything they can to get Christian Eriksen to sign a new deal. They’re already believed to have offered him a deal that would put him up with Harry Kane at the top of the earning tree at the club but the player has stated that he wants a fresh challenge.

"The caveat to that is that he also said that if such a challenge did not emerge then he wouldn’t be against signing a new deal if the terms were right.

Christian Eriksen during the win over Aston Villa (Image: Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

"The Real Madrid offer he’s been pining for has not yet come in, but that’s not to say that it won’t come late in the Spanish window if the La Liga giants cannot secure their first or second choice targets.

"Pochettino would love to keep Eriksen but he’s happy to let the club and player sort it out between them. Saturday showed that Spurs do miss Eriksen when he’s not playing and it’s a big job for Lo Celso to come in and try to fill that hole if he does leave."

What Pochettino has said

The Spurs boss has admitted that he can't rest easy until the European transfer window shuts.

"We need to accept the circumstances. We will see what happens between now and September 2. Like we can change our minds, a player can change his, so until September 2 it is difficult to tell you if this will be the bravest group of players," he said.

"The team is still not settled how I expected it to be. We are still working in trying to make sure it is finished come September 2.

Mauricio Pochettino (Image: Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

"That will be the moment to have a big conversation with the whole squad and settle the principle.

"You know more than me, things can still happen. It is not in my hands if something happens or doesn't happen. Still we need to wait until September 2 and hope there are not too many changes or not too many problems for us."

3 clubs Eriksen wants to join

According to ESPN, Eriksen has told Spurs that he has no intention of signing a new contract.

Furthermore, the report states that the Dane only has eyes on three clubs.

Joining Real Madrid or Barcelona remains his preference, with Juventus being a third-choice option just in case his dream of a move to Spain falls flat.

Spurs stay on the cards

Christian Eriksen is resigned to staying at Tottenham until at least January, with moves to Real Madrid and Barcelona failing to materialise, according to the Daily Mail.

The report claims that the Spurs midfielder had his heart set on a move away from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer, but neither Spanish club made a move for the Danish international.

It is also reported that Tottenham have offered Eriksen a new deal but representatives of the player have insisted that they are not interested in holding any further contract talks.

Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen (Image: Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Real Madrid look at alternatives

According to CMSport, Real Madrid have now moved on from possible moves for Eriksen and Paul Pogba at Manchester United, and have started looking at alternative options. One deal that the outlet says is a 'strong possibility' before the European transfer window closes on September 2nd is the Spanish giants completing a move for former Spurs target Bruno Fernandes.

The Sporting midfielder has been at the centre of speculation over the summer, with both Tottenham and Manchester United heavily linked. But super agent Jorge Mendes is working hard to get a deal over the line.

The report claims that the price of Fernandes and Eriksen will be similar, but the presence of Mendes tips the balance in favour of the Sporting midfielder.

Paris Saint-Germain looking at Neymar replacements

The French giants were reportedly eyeing a move for Christian Eriksen should the Brazilian complete his move to Barcelona.

According to Le Parisien, PSG were the most likely club to make a move for hi in the final days of the European transfer window, should Neymar leave for Barcelona, with the suggestion that they would launch a €80million bid to steal him away from Spurs.

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Neymar decision

It looks as if Eriksen is set to stay at Tottenham for the rest of the season.

There are no current talks with Real Madrid over a move and it looks as though any chance of a PSG move is now off too.

According to Spanish journalist Gerard Romero, Neymar's move to Barcelona is off, with the PSG frontman telling former Barca teammates that he is set to stay in France and that he is not happy about it.

That would mean PSG do not need to look for replacements this summer and Eriksen would not be moving to the Parc des Princes.

Mauro Icardi impact

Reports in France on Monday suggested that Mauro Icardi has completed a loan move to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Argentinian frontman has been unsettled at Inter Milan and has been linked with a move away from the San Siro, with numerous clubs interested.

And on European Transfer Deadline Day it looks as if he is going to make the move to PSG.

With no movement on the Real Madrid front, PSG emerged as the most likely destination for Eriksen this summer, but Icardi moving there on deadline day would seem to rule out any Eriksen transfer.

That would leave the Dane free to talk to other clubs in January and potentially come to a pre-contract agreement over a transfer.

Inter Milan plot January move

The Express have reported that the Italian side will make a move for Christian Eriksen if his contract situation is not sorted by January.

Antonio Conte is thought to be an admirer of the Spurs star and would love to capitalise on the uncertainty around his future.

Man Utd make Real Madrid player swap demand in Paul Pogba January transfer talks

Manchester United are reportedly willing to sell Paul Pogba to Real Madrid - but only if Toni Kroos is included in the deal.

The France international was a top target for Los Blancos in the summer. However, United’s hefty £150m asking price stopped a deal getting done.

Real have already spent lavishly in recent weeks after their disappointing 2018/19 campaign. But Zidane seemingly isn’t willing to give up the chase for his compatriot.

And Spanish media outlet Diario Madridista claim United were actively vying for Kroos in the summer. And according to the report, if a cash-plus player offer is tabled, a deal could be done in January.

If Real Madrid succeed in their pursuit of Pogba, the Spanish giants are likely to shelve any bid for Christian Eriksen.

The Dane is thought to be keen on a move to Madrid, but a Pogba arrival would make a move difficult.




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