Chelsea are preparing to battle Manchester United for the signature of Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen this summer according to Daily Express.
Eriksen had been linked with a summer move to Real Madrid but the Spanish club have reportedly cooled their interest in the Danish international over fears he will cost too much to sign.
Chelsea will also face competition from Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich for the signature of the Tottenham midfielder.
Eriksen’s contract at Tottenham runs out in the summer of 2020 and he has stalled on signing a new deal at Tottenham. He currently earns £75,000-a-week, well behind the two highest-paid players at the club, Dele Alli and Harry Kane.
According to Daily Express, Eriksen is happy living at London and that could give Chelsea an edge in the race for the Danish international.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino recently insisted that Tottenham are intent on keeping Eriksen at the club, but admitted that it is the player’s right to decide.
“Christian is a very special person and you need to give him freedom, like on the pitch,” Pochettino said.
“You cannot put him in a box. You need to give freedom and trust him. Like my dog, in the park. I trust my dog. I say, ‘Go, I trust you’.
“And Christian is a very clever person and of course there’s going to be a decision from him, from the club, from different parts and I hope he can be committed to the club long-term.
“We hope that he can be here for a long time. I think Christian is a fantastic player.”
Eriksen joined Tottenham from Ajax in 2013 for a reported £11million.
Meanwhile, while Real Madrid have cooled their interest in Eriksen, the Spanish club are now determined to sign Chelsea star Eden Hazard, according to Spanish media outlet AS.
Hazard is reportedly valued by Chelsea at around £100million but Real Madrid will reportedly try to sign the Belgian captain for around £15million less than that with his contract set to expire in the summer of 2020.