The future of Christian Eriksen has become a talking point over the past couple of days, with reports claiming that both Barcelona and Real Madrid are keen on signing the Danish superstar.
But it would be folly to assume that either of these Spanish giants could just walk in and get their man, with Daniel Levy determined to keep Tottenham among the elite teams in the Premier League.
Of course, if Barcelona or Real Madrid offered up to £200m, Levy would bite their hands off, but it is very unlikely that either club would offer that sort of money.
Ericksen’s contract runs until 2020, and that gives Levy the advantage in any negotiations, and while player power can play a part, Levy is not the sort to be easily intimidated or forced into making a deal he does not want to make.
Tottenham will be moving into their new stadium next season, and are in the Champions League for a third season running, while manager Mauricio Pochettino has just signed a new long-term contract. The last thing Levy will want is to start weakening the squad on the back of all those positives.
Barcelona want to replace Andres Iniesta, but signed Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for a massive fee and for the same position only last January, so it would be strange if they then decided to spend another huge chunk of money on a player who is essentially a carbon copy.
Real Madrid, it appears, view Ericksen as an ideal replacement for Luka Modric, 32, and that does make sense. However, Madrid have experience of dealing with Levy, and know that it will cost them a huge sum of money to prise him away from Tottenham. Notwithstanding Ericksen’s undoubted talent, he does not have the star billing of a Ronaldo, Messi or Neymar.
The odds must be on Tottenham seeing off both Real Madrid and Barcelona this summer at least.