The back page of Thursday’s Marca has an article about Real Madrid replacing Luka Modric.

They say it’s a strange situation because the Croatian will be picking up the Ballon d’Or next week (something they treat as fact) but at 33 years of age has already started to show he’s in the twilight zone of his career.

Therefore, Real Madrid need a replacement, but their recruitment of recent years has been more about looking for value and investing in young players than going out and splurging on a Galactico.

It’s claimed Christian Eriksen was identified as a possible recruit, and that Tottenham have been contacted. Daniel Levy is said to have told Real Madrid it’ll cost them €250m for the Danish international.

Marca believes that’s ‘prohibitive’ for Madrid because Eriksen’s contract ends in 2020 and they’re worried about the ‘chronic’ injury issues which Denmark manager Age Hareide probably talked up a bit too much recently.

Having signed Gareth Bale from Tottenham and then struggled to keep him fit enough, Madrid don’t want the same to happen with Eriksen.