Real Madrid now fear that a Tottenham win on June 1st will prompt the North London side to do all in their power to retain the player.
With Spurs' Danish player Christian Eriksen and Real Madrid already establishing a verbal agreement that would see the Dane moving to the Spanish capital at the end of the season, directors at the LaLiga club are now concerned that the English side reaching the final of the 2018-19 Champions League may complicate or potentially even jeopardise the move. It's feared that a Spurs win in their debut final may see the English club do all in their power to retain the midfielder.
Eriksen's current contract with the Premier League side expires in 2020 and at present the player has rejected renewal efforts from the London club. With the expiry date of the deal, and with the Dane not keen on an extension, Tottenham are anxious to secure a significant fee for his signature and view an overseas sale as preferable to the Danish play-maker moving to a Premier League rival. Madrid must now however wait for Tottenham to finish their Champions League journey before concluding negotiations can resume.
Should Spurs overcome Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano, it may force Tottenham to increase their asking price for a Champions League winner. At present Spurs are reported to be prepared to accept 100 million euro for the player's services with Real Madrid director general José Ángel Sánchez anxious to pay no more than approximately 60-70 million euros for his signature taking into consideration his contract expiry date. Eriksen himself may deem that a Champions League winners medal strengthens his hand in terms of salary demands and may look for a wage far superior than his current 4.5 million euros per season with the "Lillywhites". The outcome of the June 1st final may just see this transfer saga take another twist.