Atletico Madrid would rather sign James Rodriguez than Christian Eriksen because they believe the Real Madrid playmaker is more marketable, according to the London Evening Standard.
Eriksen has just one year left on his Tottenham contract and has been linked with a move to Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid before the European transfer window closes at the end of the month.
However, the Evening Standard claims Real are prioritising a move for Ajax starlet Donny van de Beek, while Atletico are focusing on their move for James.
Strangely, Atletico are thought to be pursuing James for commercial reasons rather than being attracted to what he can provide on the pitch. The Evening Standard believes the Spaniards see James as a more marketable player than Eriksen in terms of merchandising and shirt sales.
Regardless of why Atletico prefer the Colombian, it looks like Eriksen’s dream move to Spain could be just that – a dream. Barcelona are not said to be interested in the Dane, so he may end up staying at Spurs for the 2019/20 season.
Whether that means he will be prepared to sign a new contract with Tottenham remains to be seen.
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