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Real Madrid prefer Eriksen over Pogba after sealing Hazard transfer

Real Madrid will prioritise a deal for Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen over Paul Pogba after sealing the signing of Eden Hazard.

Hazard completed his transfer from Chelsea to the Bernabeu for an initial fee of £88m on Friday, with Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane now turning his attention to strengthening his midfield.

The Spanish giants have been linked with both Eriksen and Manchester United star Pogba, however, reports today claim that there is a feeling among the Madrid hierarchy that a deal for the Spurs star will be easier to complete.

Zidane’s priority has long been the signing of Pogba, although United’s stance has been that the Frenchman is not for sale and it would likely take a big-money deal in excess of £150m to prise him from Old Trafford.

According to the Independent, Eriksen’s desire to leave North London and the fact he has just a year remaining on his current deal make him a more viable target.

Eriksen this week revealed he was open to leaving Spurs this summer, admitting he ‘wants to try something new’ after six years at the club.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is unlikely to want to part with the 27-year-old, however could be tempted to cash in on the Danish international rather than lose him for nothing next summer.

Real have already spent in excess of £200m this summer on the likes of Hazard, Eintracht Frankfurt forward Luka Jovic and Porto defender Eder Militao and they feel Eriksen would represent a cheaper option than a deal for Pogba.

The Spanish side have also struggled to raise funds by selling unwanted stars, with interest having been low for the likes of Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez.

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