Tottenham face a battle to keep Christian Eriksen and Mauricio Pochettino from signing contracts with Real Madrid in January, according to reports.
Eriksen is in the final year of his contract and has been linked with a move to Real previously, while Pochettino’s future is also up in the air.
And The Mirror say that Los Blancos want to sign Eriksen to a pre-contract agreement in January, with an aim to nab Pochettino’s signature as well.
Dane Eriksen stated his desire to move on from Spurs for a new challenge during the summer transfer window.
Real Madrid are being patient, however, because they’re keen to get Eriksen signed up in January before taking him for free next summer once his contract with Spurs has expired.
Real boss Zinedine Zidane is under pressure already, despite a solid La Liga start, and the Spanish giants are ready to replace him with Pochettino if things go south for the Frenchman.
Zidane is said to have alarmed Real chiefs after their disappointing 3-0 loss to Paris Saint-German in the Champions League.
Pochettino was also being courted by Manchester United before they eventually hired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Jose Mourinho’s sacking.
The Argentine, though, is contracted to Tottenham until 2023, but Real are confident because of his own frustrations with life in north London.
Despite making it to the Champions League final with Spurs in June, before making two big-name signings in the summer, Pochettino isn’t thought to be confident that the spending spree at the club will continue.
Before signing Tanguy Ndombele for £55million in the summer – a club-record deal – Spurs hadn’t bought a single player for 18 months.
Spurs haven’t started the 2019/20 season well as they sit seventh in the Premier League and were knocked out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday by Colchester.
Eriksen missed the first penalty in the shootout after the game finished goalless following 90 minutes.
It’s not expected that Spurs do any major business in January, something which could further irk Pochettino if Eriksen signs a pre-contract deal with Real.