Tottenham are facing competition to sign Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos, but they have opened talks with the midfielder, claims a report.
Last month Ceballos admitted he had no intention of leaving Madrid on a permanent basis this summer, but he suggested he would be in favour of a loan move to get some game time ahead of next summer’s European Championships.
And there will be no shortage of takers for the 22-year-old, who grabbed two goals and two assists as Spain U21s won the European Championship tournament recently.
“I think [Zinedine] Zidane will have seen the tournament,” said Ceballos after Spain U21s’ win over Germany U21s in the final. “But we all know what he thinks.
“I would like to try out something new: next year, my goal is to play 40 games and play in the Euros.”
Now Sky Sports report that Spurs are in talks over a move fro the player and suggest “a short-term deal seems the most likely option at this stage also because of Ceballos’ high release clause”.
There is very little other detail than that, but Ceballos has also been linked with Liverpool and AC Milan and Spanish newspaper Marca claim Liverpool are readying a €45million bid.
That will not cut the mustard with Madrid, especially when you consider he has four years left on his contract and his release clause is an astronomical €500m.
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Ceballos himself has cryptically hinted at a move to London on Instragam. His picture shows him at Universal Studios in Florida posing inside a classic red London phone booth.
Gazzetta dello Sport however believe that AC Milan have tried to lure Ceballos on loan to Italy with the guarantee of Ceballos having a leading role.