Atletico Madrid have decided to pursue a deal for James Rodriguez rather than Christian Eriksen, according to reports in Spain.

Over the weekend, Spanish outlet AS claimed Tottenham had offered Eriksen to Atletico for a fee of between €60 million and €70 million.

The article didn’t go into Spurs’ reason for doing so, but logic suggests the Londoners are attempting to finance a move for Real Betis star Giovani Lo Celso.

Lo Celso is said to be closing in on an exit from Betis, who are apparently about to complete a deal for Lyon captain Nabil Fekir – Lo Celso’s direct replacement.

It is unclear whether Spurs will move for Lo Celso if Eriksen ends up staying put, and Spanish newspaper Marca seems to think that might indeed turn out to be the case.

Marca believes Atletico Madrid are no longer interested in Eriksen as they have discovered James Rodriguez will be a cheaper option, despite the fact the Colombian plays for bitter rivals Real Madrid.

Perhaps Atletico’s decision will lead to Real reviving their own pursuit of Eriksen, which seems to have died down in recent weeks. It could be a dramatic end to the transfer window.

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