With Chistian Eriksen’s contract with Tottenham Hotspur expiring at the end of the season, it’s no surprise that the rumours about his future will start very early this year.

Real Madrid’s interest in signing him last summer was widely reported, and now the chance to get him for free starts being commented on by the Spanish press.

Cope brings a few updates on the situation today, saying that by becoming a free agent, Eriksen turns out to be an ‘attractive option’ for the Santiago Bernabeu side.

But it still doesn’t mean they’re surely moving for him. The first thing Real Madrid would have to do is to get rid of at least one player before bringing a new midfielder.

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Then there’s the fact that they don’t see Eriksen fitting in the team now. The Danish international is considered to be more of a player for the next season, pushing the free transfer line further.

That makes it sound like Real Madrid would only try the signing in case he really leaves for free, with no chance of paying for the transfer to get him early in January.

That puts Spurs in a fragile position, since it would be a better deal to make money by selling him a few months before the expiry.

This could all be tactics to pressure Tottenham to drop their January asking price further, and there’s several conflicting claims in Spain today on the situation.