Things really aren’t going to plan for Florentino Perez at Real Madrid.

Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane were astute enough to know that the cycle of success Los Blancos were enjoying would soon come to an end and got out with their reputations intact.

Those that have been left behind have endured a miserable season despite the Club World Cup victory.

Julen Lopetegui was quickly dispensed with after the job proved too big for him, and now Santiago Solari finds himself in the firing line as Madrid lurch from one crisis to another.

His honeymoon period is already over, and in Spain they’re even asking the question as to whether the Argentinian will see out the season. An early Copa del Rey or Champions League exit could seal his fate earlier than expected.

Though he wouldn’t arrive until the summer, there’s some merit in the rumours that have failed to dissipate concerning Mauricio Pochettino.

Despite all of the overtures from Old Trafford, if Real Madrid come knocking at White Hart Lane (or Wembley at this rate!), the coach is unlikely to say no.

Tottenham's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen (L) celebrates with Tottenham's English forward Harry Kane (L) after opening the scoring during the UEFA Champions League group stage football match Inter Milan vs Tottenham on September 18, 2018 at the San Siro stadium in Milan. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

A sweetener for Pochettino would be ensuring that Christian Eriksen comes along with him.

Harry Kane continues to grab the headlines for the north Londoners, but there’s no doubt that it’s the Dane that oils the wheels.

It’s thanks to the midfielder that the centre-forward gets half of his chances, with Eriksen’s constant creation seeing him amongst the most prolific in the entire Premier League.

His passing range is of the highest quality as is his skill from dead ball situations, and he scores goals too.

What’s also worth pointing out is his consistency and work ethic. Rarely injured, he’ll put in a shift at the coal face whilst ensuring that he remains a supplementary presence in attack, so it’s no wonder he’s a wanted man.

Luka Modric wanted to follow Ronaldo out of the exit door last summer with Internazionale offering the Croatian a bumper deal. Perez put a stop to that, but with Eriksen in mind, he’s likely to allow the Ballon d’Or winner to leave now because he has his ready-made replacement lined up.

Pochettino would certainly have a restructuring job on his hands at the Santiago Bernabeu as Madrid’s woes are many and cover all areas of the squad.

However, with Christian Eriksen as the first piece of a new Real, it would be a great starting point for the Argentinian to build from and would surely tip the balance when it comes to getting a coaching contract signed.

With slim odds of 2/1 for the player to sign for Los Blancos in the January transfer window, it could be that Perez is going to do his spadework early to show his and his club’s intentions.

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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