Christian Eriksen might end up in the Spanish capital after all, but it’s Atletico Madrid who are now linked with a move for the Dane should they not be able to finalise a move for James Rodriguez this summer.
The Colombian is the priority, but the Tottenham playmaker is a Plan B worth considering and one that hasn’t been ruled out.
It has to be remembered that although James himself is open to moving to the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, a move can only happen if Real Madrid are willing to negotiate with their cross-city rivals and agree an affordable deal, with Napoli now seemingly priced out.
Fearing that Madrid will ask for too much, Diego Simeone, Miguel Angel Gil Marin and Andrea Berta have put the possibility of the Danish international on the table.
Eriksen is determined not to extend his Spurs contract, which ends in 2020, and has been on Los Blancos’ radar for some time, but Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want him in his squad.