It has been a summer of frustration for Tottenham fans and that frustration could turn to utter despair if the latest transfer rumour is to be believed.
The Mirror are reporting that Real Madrid have identified Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen as their prime transfer target before the transfer window slams shut for clubs outside of the Premier League later this month. Real are desperate for midfield reinforcements after Mateo Kovacic joined Chelsea on loan and they are also facing the prospect of losing Luka Modric to Inter Milan before the month is out.
Having already sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus during this transfer window, club president Florentino Perez needs to add a 'Galactico' to his Real Madrid squad in order to appease restless fans and he has apparently identified Eriksen as the man he wants at the Bernabeu.
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Real would have to make a huge bid to convince Tottenham to sell, although this is a transfer story that could rumble for the rest of the month because, unlike in England where the transfer window slams shut and Premier League clubs are unable to sign any players after 5pm on Thursday 9 August, the rest of Europe's top leagues are able to buy players right up until 31 August.
The two differing transfer deadlines mean Tottenham fans face an anxious wait to see if they can hold on to one of their best players, and Spurs are unlikely to be too receptive to selling Eriksen as they have been unable to bring in any players of note this summer, with their pursuit of Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish seemingly dead in the water.
Eriksen has scored 56 goals and provided 69 assists in 226 appearances for Tottenham since signing from Ajax in 2013.
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