This year, Real Madrid find themselves watching the Champions League Final rather than playing it (which rightfully makes sense after the fallout this season).
But between the two teams fighting for the title, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, the club and fans alike will be able to enjoy the all-English final while also keeping an eye on a player who may be a part of the squad next year.
Tottenham’s attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen has been linked with a move to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu for a couple months now.
Back in April, certain media outlets were reporting that the Danish international reached a verbal agreement between both clubs and was on his way to solidifying a deal for a summer transfer move.
Within Zinedine Zidane’s team, a good portion of the players are positioned in the midfield with eight of the 25 squad members being able to fluidly play in different roles.
So come June 1st, the match against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will be one more opportunity for Florentino Perez and his team to watch Eriksen on the pitch and try to figure out where exactly he would fit at the club.
Being the Champions League Final, the midfielder should be putting on one of his best performances and the game will be a platform for Eriksen to show his best moves.
If the deal ends up being finalized, Eriksen will be the third player to make the move from Tottenham to Madrid after Luka Modric (2012/13) and Gareth Bale (2013/14).
Both the Croatian and the Welshman have had very successful careers in Madrid. On top of winning LaLiga and the Champions league four times (plus other trophies of course), Modric has 17 goals and 47 assists across all competitions while Bale holds 102 and 64 respectively.
The talent that Eriksen obtains at the prime age of 27 could see him boast the same numbers as the two other former Spurs players when playing for Los Blancos.
He is a wonderful assist maker, a visionary play maker and is known to turn up in important matches which in turn is exactly the player the club needs after such a disastrous season.
Being this young, the No. 23 is just entering his prime years of football and with a star lineup along side him, he would definitely fit amongst some of Real Madrid’s play makers on the pitch.
The options for possible starting lineups in the future could see Eriksen playing alongside Toni Kroos and Casemiro or being a substitute for either Isco or Modric. The midfield options, as mentioned by Kiyan Sobhani, would be endless.
The challenge for Eriksen of course would be to convince Zidane that he is worthy of a starting position at the club having regularly played 90 minutes per match for Tottenham.
With the Champions League final only a few weeks away, Mauricio Pochettino’s commanding midfielder needs to put on his best performance to try and guide his team towards the title and if he successfully does so, that will only further push Madrid to put pen to paper come this summer transfer window.