Tottenham appear to have a growing battle on their hands to convince Christian Eriksen that his future remains in north London.

Reports in Spain on Wednesday again underline that the playmaker is wanted by both Barcelona and Real Madrid, with the current Champions League holders his preferred option.

Eriksen’s contract expires in 2020 but, with talks over a renewal at an impasse, Tottenham could choose to cash in this summer rather than lose him for free. Diario AS claim the chance of Eriksen extending his Tottenham deal is unlikely and he is ‘increasingly open’ to leaving.

Eriksen’s agent, Martin Schoots, was coy over talk his client could be heading to La Liga in the summer.

‘I would prefer not to comment on issues of contracts and transfers, Christian would like to focus on his football, it was his concentration, along with his football qualities, what has taken him to this very high level, we will see what the future brings.’ Schoots was quoted as saying by AS.

Eriksen is on a £70,000-a-week contract at Tottenham and is looking to at least double his money. 

The 26-year-old Denmark international is enjoying his best season yet in a Tottenham shirt and has scored eight goals in 27 appearances in all competitions so far. 

Tottenham will consider whether it is worth running down the last 18 months of his contract but the coming summer already has the hallmarks of being a pivotal one as they prepare to move into their new stadium.

As well as Spain’s major club’s looking to lure Eriksen from London, Manchester United have Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino on their shortlist to become their manager on a permanent basis after Ole Gunner Solskjaer.  

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