After Inter signed Christian Eriksen for 20 million euros, it begs the question as to why Real Madrid let a player who was out of contract in June go?
The Danish midfielder has been linked with Real Madrid for the last two years, and seemed destined to wear the famous white shirt.
Lawyers for the then Tottenham player met with representatives of Real Madrid on two occasions, and an agreement was close, and that was before the Dane’s desire to play for Los Blancos was known.
What became apparent though, was Daniel Levy‘s refusal to sit down and thrash out Eriksen‘s departure in summer of 2018. At that time he was asking for exorbitant amounts, and then even last summer wanted 100 million euros for the player.
For those at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, they didn’t want to open dealings with an English chairman who his known for his tough stance in transfer negotiations. Instead they opted to wait for a better time.
That came as Eriksen‘s contract was running down, but certain circumstances have led the midfielder to sign for Inter.
Zinedine Zidane‘s reappointment cooled interest in the Dane as the Real Madrid boss wanted Paul Pogba over any other player, and vetoed the arrival of Eriksen with a deal aimed at being done before the end of the summer. In the end neither happened.
Eriksen, despite all the negative signals coming from the Bernabeu, was waiting for a change of direction. That never came which forced him to listen to other offers, with Inter being most keen to get his signature.
Apart from the brakes being pushed by Zidane, Donny Van de Beek‘s emergence at Ajax over the last year also hindered any move for Eriksen.
The hierarchy at Real Madrid value the versatility from the Dutchman, more than the vision of Eriksen‘s game.