Real Madrid have responded to Tottenham's £225 million asking price for Eriksen

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Christian Eriksen is no doubt one of Tottenham's most important players - and many fans suggest that he's one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. 

The Denmark international has established himself as one of the best set-piece takers in England and this season alone he's scored four goals and provided seven assists in 18 games. 

Naturally, he is essential to Mauricio Pochettino's long-term plan - but Eriksen's future in north London is far from clear. 

The 26-year-old has less than 18 months left under his current contract and Spurs haven't yet been able to tie him down to an extension. 

In fact, there's a lot of speculation that one of their star players could be on his way to Real Madrid. 

The Spanish giants have been admirers of Eriksen for some time now, and with his contract running down, reports suggest that they're going to make a move very soon. 

But, according to the Daily Mail, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy won't be letting his midfielder go cheap. 

A WORLD RECORD FEE

Two months ago, Spanish publication Marca claimed that Levy told Madrid they would have to pay a world-record fee to land Eriksen. 

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And this week, the Mail are claiming that the Spurs chief has slapped a massive £225 million price tag on the Dane. 

That's a huge price to pay, and a very bold ask considering Eriksen's contract finishes in 2020.

But that's not where the story ends - as the paper reveals how Madrid responded to Levy's price, and the plan they have to land Tottenham's midfielder. 

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RUNNING DOWN THE CLOCK

The Mail claims that Los Blancos won't be matching the £225 million price - but instead, they will be patient in their pursuit of Eriksen. 

Real are hoping that the astronomical price will fall as talks over the midfielder's contract rumble on - and if nothing changes soon, they expect Levy will have to lower his price this summer. 

If the Spurs chairman continues to play hardball though, it's expected that Madrid will look elsewhere for Luka Modric's replacement. 

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