Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen verbally agrees to join Real Madrid – reports

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Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen has verbally agreed to join Spanish giants Real Madrid this summer, according to reports in Spain. 

Spanish newspaper AS has reported that Eriksen, 27, has said he will join the club, but it is understood that Madrid have yet to agree terms with Spurs for the Denmark captain.

Talks over a deal have opened but are expected to be complex and drawn out – Madrid have dealt with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy before with the transfers of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale and know he drives a hard bargain.

Eriksen’s deal at Spurs expires in June 2020. While there are talks about a new deal he is yet to sign. If Spurs think that there is no realistic chance he will put pen to paper then there is a greater chance they will sell this summer, rather than lose him for nothing next year.

Being part of Zinedine Zidane’s side will be a temptation and Madrid would offer a significant increase on his Spurs wage.

Madrid will have to pay a hefty fee for Eriksen. Reports have speculated £60 million – as he is in the last year of his deal – but others have said Levy may want £100 million to part with one of his stars.

Other clubs will be watching these negotiations. Metro reports Manchester United are also interested in signing Eriksen and could come in with a bid. Although Spurs will not want to sell to a Premier League rival.