Inter Milan’s pursuit of Luka Modric has reportedly hit a huge speed bump in Tottenham’s whopping valuation of Christian Eriksen.
The World Cup finalist, 32, is believed to be keen on a switch to Serie A but was named in the squad for tonight’s Uefa Super Cup clash.
And Gianluca Di Marzio claims the deal is hanging by a threat as Spurs are demanding £178million for potential replacement Eriksen.
Los Blancos are unlikely to sanction a deal for their midfield linchpin without bringing in another star.
And after his inspirational performances for Croatia in Russia, they have yet more reason to keep the maestro.
Eriksen, 26, is a vital part of Mauricio Pochettino’s side and chairman Daniel Levy is known for being a tough negotiator.
In addition, Premier League clubs are unable to buy new players so it would take a huge offer to convince Spurs to lose him.
Ex-Ajax ace Eriksen scored 14 goals and grabbed 10 assists last season and began the new campaign with another starring role in the 2-1 win at Newcastle on Saturday.
He has two years remaining on his deal and Spurs are desperate to get him to sign a new deal, with Paris Saint-Germain also interested.