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Madrid turn to Spurs star after failing in Hazard pursuit

Ever since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus, Real Madrid have been on the lookout for his replacement, shortlisting the likes of Harry Kane, Eden Hazard and even Kylian Mbappe to be the candidate to lead them in their new era.

Hazard was the name doing the rounds most regularly, and the Belgian even expressed his desire to leave Stamford Bridge and join the current Champions League holders.

However, a move never materialised in the summer and now it looks as though Madrid have turned their attention elsewhere, with president Florentino Perez setting his sights on Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen.

According to reports, Eriksen, who is being looked at as Luka Modric’s long-term replacement at the club, is now Perez’s top priority. Madrid and Spurs have conducted business in the past, with the likes of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric moving from White Hart Lane to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Perez knows how complicated negotiations with Daniel Levy can be and as a result needs to cough up a significant amount in order to prise Eriksen away from the London club.

The Dane has entered the final couple of years of his contract and is yet to begin talks with Spurs over a possible extension although the club remain interested in securing his services for the foreseeable future. Spurs are reportedly willing to make him their highest-paid player, alongside Harry Kane, but an offer from Madrid could scupper their plans of retaining the 26-year-old.

Ever since arriving in London from Ajax, Eriksen has established himself as one of the leading creative forces in the Premier League, notching 54 assists in just 177 league appearances for Spurs. Alongside the likes of Kane and Dele Alli, Eriksen has cemented Spurs’ spot as genuine title contenders.

Real Madrid meanwhile have lacked creativity this season and will continue to do so without a driving force in midfield. Modric, for all his exploits at the World Cup, has looked a shadow of the player he was last season and in Russia, while Isco has been more miss than hit this campaign. Eriksen would be the ideal addition to the Blancos’ midfield and could help ease the pain of losing a player of Ronaldo’s calibre.

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