Christian Eriksen will already have agreed personal terms with Real Madrid as he plots his exit from Tottenham, according to Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England international is in no doubt that the Danish playmaker has a firm plan in place to seal his dream transfer to the Spanish giants.
He dropped the bombshell in an interview with Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet this week that he wants to take on a new challenge at another club this summer and claimed “Real Madrid is a step up” from Spurs.
Mills is in no doubt that Eriksen will have settled terms already with Real as he works on engineering his departure from Spurs after six seasons.
“Eriksen has been very clever,” Mills told Football Insider. “He’s gone public in a way that means if it doesn’t come off, he can stay at Tottenham. Players are not daft.
“Has he already agreed personal terms with Real Madrid? Of course. It’s the way that football works and, if you think otherwise, you’re living on a different planet.
“Real Madrid are not going to make a bid for Eriksen for him to then turn around and say, ‘I don’t think I want to come’. Everybody would then look stupid.
“If Real Madrid want to buy him, they speak to him through an intermediary, which is usually his agent. That’s what will have happened and there will have been a contract offer for Eriksen, a bit of to-ing and fro-ing, and eventually some sort of agreement.
“Then it’s a matter of agreeing a fee, which is easier said than done when it’s so much money involved. It’s a bit like buying a house, buy so much more complicated.”
The 27-year-old Denmark international has one year to run on his current contract, which expires in the summer of 2020, and has rebuffed attempts from the club to extend his terms.
Eriksen’s situation is likely to be critical to Tottenham’s summer transfer plans, including those the club are looking to sign in multiple positions.