REAL MADRID president Florentino Perez is in advanced negotiations with Tottenham over playmaker Christian Eriksen.
But according to Spanish radio reports, boss Zinedine Zidane is far from convinced that Eriksen will make the grade in Madrid.
Eriksen has helped propel Spurs to their first ever Champions League final, where Premier League rivals Liverpool await.
But it is looking increasingly likely that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will be without the Denmark international next season.
The former Ajax star has just a year left on his contract and Real are eyeing a cut-price deal.
But Bernabeu supremo Perez may still need to win Zidane’s approval for the signing to be the success that he desperately craves.
According to José Ramón de la Morena, who was speaking on the ‘El Transistor‘ radio show, the Real president wants to a ‘revolution’ this summer.
A disastrous season saw Los Blancos exit the Champions League to Ajax and sees them trail Barcelona by 18 points ahead of the final round of fixtures.
Morena states that Perez is also keen on Manchester United star Paul Pogba, as well as Lyon left-back Ferland Mendy.
The news speculation surrounding Eriksen’s move to Madrid comes as:
- Eden Hazard will secure a move to the Bernabeu ‘very quickly’
- Bale’s agent reacts after his latest axe from the squad by Zidane
- Zidane green lights a summer transfer off the back of the Europa League semis
And while he claims that Real have a contract agreed in principle with Tottenham over Eriksen, the player apparently does not ‘fascinate’ Zidane.
The 27-year-old has scored 10 goals and provided 17 assists in 50 games for the north London outfit this season.
But it’s not clear what exactly it is that does not excite the Los Blancos boss about Eriksen.
Perhaps he would simply rather spend the club’s money to strengthen alternative areas of his squad.
Zidane pulls no punches when it comes to his treatment of players who he doesn’t think are pulling their weight.
Record signing Gareth Bale has been frozen out since the Frenchman took over for his second spell at the Bernabeu.
“Yes,” Zidane said when asked if Bale had been fit to play against Sociedad after he wasn’t selected.
“I do not know if he will play [against Real Betis]. We’ll see next week.
“It’s very clear what I’ve done this weekend. Now we have another game and then we will see next year. It is done.”