Atletico Madrid will turn to Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen should they fail to land James Rodriguez, report Marca.
It is claimed that Real Madrid were interested in the player last summer but the valuation of €150m meant their interest was discontinued, but now Eriksen is said to be priced at €70m.
Indeed, the Denmark international has once again been linked to Madrid this summer as an alternative to landing Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, but now Atleti have emerged in the race.
The report states that the former Ajax player is now ‘Plan B’ at Los Rojiblancos should they fail in their pursuits to sign James Rodriguez from their cross-city rivals.
It is said that Spurs supremo Daniel Levy may allow the club to cash-in on the midfielder - who is out of contract next year - this summer, to provide funds for squad reinvestment.
Los Blancos are said to prefer the signing of Pogba or Donny van de Beek but the option of Eriksen remains on the table as an alternative.
Atleti have already signed Kieran Trippier from Spurs this summer.