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Eriksen turns down Manchester United, still wants Real Madrid move

But as the philosopher Mick Jagger once said, “You can’t always get what you want.”

Tottenham Hotspur v FC Internazionale - 2019 International Champions Cup Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Sooooo a LOT happened in Tottenham Hotspur world yesterday, and naturally one day later there are updates. We’ll do our best to get you caught up with the most important stuff as we enter into the last day and a half of the transfer window. But let’s begin with Christian Eriksen.

Yesterday, a report came out that said Manchester United had emerged as a potential destination for the Danish playmaker. Spurs are apparently frustrated with Eriksen’s refusal to commit to a new deal and Mauricio Pochettino has sanctioned his sale this summer, rather than let him walk on a free next summer. That sale could even take him to a domestic rival for top four like United.

However, the Guardian is out with a new article saying that the United deal is off, for now. Negotiations did take place, but Eriksen has his heart set on Spain, specifically Real Madrid, and that United could only offer well below Tottenham’s asking price.

I’m sure that most Spurs fans want Eriksen to stay and sign a new deal, but if he’s serious about wanting “a new challenge” it doesn’t make sense for him to sign any new contract that keeps him at Tottenham. Hard as it may be to admit, if he can’t get his dream move this summer he’s probably better off seeing out his contract at Spurs and leaving for free next year. That’s going to stick in the craw of Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino, as Spurs will have left £50m to blow away in the wind, money they could have used to finance other transfers this summer.

I don’t know, y’all. I’m getting pessimistic that this whole saga isn’t going to end with everyone upset and/or Eriksen shipped off for a bargain-basement price to somewhere dumb. The only bit of good news is that Tottenham can still sell him after the close of the English transfer window, provided his new club is on the continent.