Real Madrid about to finalize deal for Christian Eriksen on a free?

Real Madrid have been linked to Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen over the past several months, and it sounds like they will finally reach an agreement to sign the playmaker.

Christian Eriksen’s heart has clearly been elsewhere over the first four months of the Premier League campaign, but it looks like the Tottenham star finally has his future settled. And it looks like his future will be at Real Madrid.

According to a report from El Desmarque’s Manuel Valcarce, Real Madrid and Christian Eriksen have finalized a deal that will make the Denmark international Florentino Perez’s first signing of the 2020 summer transfer window.

Despite being linked to Eriksen last summer, Real ultimately decided to pass on spending money for the attacking midfielder, who has been desperate to leave North London. That desire to leave has affected Eriksen’s performances, though if a deal has been agreed to with the player’s apparent dream destination, then his displays should rebound under new manager Jose Mourinho.

There were rumors that Real would try to sign Eriksen in the winter for a small fee, thus giving Tottenham’s Daniel Levy at least something in return. But Real have wisely waited on signing Eriksen sooner, knowing they already have world-class attacking midfield talent in Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, and Isco with James Rodriguez and Marco Asensio nursing injuries. Kroos, in particular, has been incredible this season in a more attacking role.

Eriksen may be a surplus player, but the futures of James and even Isco, despite his recent turnaround in form, are uncertain. Getting a player of Eriksen’s quality for free would be a huge coup for Perez, who knows that Real can’t have enough quality depth in their pursuit of trebles under Zinedine Zidane.

Although Eriksen isn’t a player who dominates games, he provides moments of magic with his shooting from distance and passing in the final third. He’s an even more incisive but less consistent version of Kroos, making him an ideal backup option.

There’s no guarantee that Eriksen has signed a free transfer with Real Madrid, but this is a move that would make sense for all parties, with the exception of Spurs who botched selling Eriksen for an actual fee this past summer.