Spanish newspaper Marca claims Real Madrid officials have already met with the agent of Tottenham Hotspur target Christoph Kramer on two occasions.
The £12 million rated German World Cup winner has been touted as a key January transfer target for Mauricio Pochettino, but Los Blancos appear to already be laying the groundwork over a deal with Bayer Leverkusen.
The 23-year-old is thought to be a good long term replacement for Sami Khedira, who is expected to leave the Bernabeu next year, potentially joining Tottenham’s arch local rivals Arsenal.
The fee being mentioned in connection to Real Madrid’s interest is €20 million which suggests the Spanish side are in a good position to compete financially against any other team which may come into the race to sign him.
What makes the impact softer for Spurs if they miss out to Real Madrid is the fact that they are blessed in terms of central midfield options, with different players who can already fill that role in front of the back four.