Real Madrid will need to up their most recent transfer offer if they want to pry Christian Eriksen away from Tottenham this summer.
Tottenham may ultimately relent and allow Christian Eriksen to move to Real Madrid this summer, but the most recent offer from Los Blancos won’t be enough to get a deal done. In fact, Daniel Levy will be looking for a hefty increase before entering serious negotiations about the Dane’s future.
According to The Sun, Real Madrid are poised to offer Spurs £45 million plus the services of Dani Ceballos to bring Eriksen to the Spanish capital. That’s a decent sum of transfer cash, but it’s nowhere near the reported £130 million valuation Tottenham reportedly have on Eriksen’s head. The inclusion of Ceballos could be seen as a positive development by Mauricio Pochettino and company, but it’s not enough to make up the sizable fiscal gap.
Don’t expect Real Madrid to give up their pursuit of Eriksen after receiving Tottenham’s initial refusal. Leaders at the club know how difficult it can be to negotiate with Levy. The two sides have worked together to send Luka Modric, and most recently, Gareth Bale to the La Liga giants in recent years.
The real question to ask here is how much Real Madrid will need to improve their offer to get something done. The idea of combining a sizable financial offer with Ceballos could easily be a successful framework for a deal. Tottenham do, after all, need to add more talent to their midfield. Ceballos may be surplus to requirements to Zidane, but he very much fits the mold of what Pochettino likes in an incoming player.
That means it’s imperative that Real’s financial offer change. At best, they can expect Tottenham to value Ceballos somewhere around £50 million. That would leave Real Madrid with a gap of £80 million to get to Spurs’ full asking price. They won’t rush to satisfy Tottenham’s full wish list, but it will likely take at least £60 million plus Ceballos to get the Premier League club legitimately engaged in discussions.
In sum. Real Madrid definitely want to buy Eriksen, but they have a long way to go before they can get a deal done. The Dane’s immediate future is still very much up in the air.