Tottenham’s wantaway star Christian Eriksen is seemingly running out of options after Manchester United decided to pull out of the race to sign him.
United have discussed a deal for Eriksen, but according to Spanish daily AS , the Spurs playmaker is understood to favour a move to Spain or Italy.
The Spanish outlet has claimed that while his preference is Real Madrid , the Bernabeu club are focusing their attention on signing Paul Pogba from United.
It is also suggested that Real’s fierce city rivals Atletico Madrid could be an alternative option for the Dane as manager Diego Simeone continues his summer squad rebuild.
Simeone could turn to Eriksen if he fails to sign James Rodriguez from Madrid, while Eriksen would also be open to moving to Italy but a Serie A giant is yet to show any internet.
It is understood that United explored a deal for Eriksen, whose contract with the north London club only has one season to run.
The Old Trafford giants have been long-time admirers of the 27-year-old, who indicated earlier in the summer that he was ready to “try something new”, but the Denmark international is believed to have set his sights on a switch to Madrid.
Discussions have come to an end so it looks unlikely that Eriksen will be heading to United, and time is running out if they are to add to their squad before Thursday’s 5pm deadline.
Talk of a move for former Spurs striker Fernando Llorente is understood to have come as a surprise to those behind the scenes at Old Trafford, while it remains to be seen how the collapse of a swap deal involving Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku impacts any move for Juventus frontman Mario Mandzukic.
Dybala could still arrive in the Premier League after Spurs agreed a £69m fee with Juve, and it is believed the north London club and the player are now in the process of negotiating a deal.