Real Madrid boss Zidane & Perez at war over transfer targets

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However, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is believed to prefer a move for Spurs star Eriksen, with the Madrid chief keen to capitalise on the 27-year-old's contract situation. Paul Pogba was another player linked with a move there, but Marca report that La Liga's leaders are hell-bent on securing the Spurs man at the nearest possible opportunity after Manchester United's unwillingness to sell. And even if he had some interest in signing a new deal at the start of the season, Tottenham's recent struggles and the speculation surrounding manager Mauricio Pochettino surely hasn't helped change his mind.

Spurs have indicated that they are prepared to consider a winter move for Eriksen for a transfer fee between €20m to €25m.

Zinedine needs to add at least one central midfielder to his team in the January transfer window as several of his midfielders have suffered injuries in the last few weeks, and are not getting any younger. Madrid have been reliant on Kroos and Modric in midfield recently, as well as Casemiro, and also have seen Valverde and Isco having fitness problems this season.

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Madrid could still return for Pogba next summer if the Frenchman is still coach but Eriksen, the club's preference, could join him in the Spanish capital, if not arrive before him.

The Danish midfielder can control the tempo of the game, provide assists to attackers, as well as score goals.

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