Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid this summer, per AS.
The Spain international struggled for minutes in 2018/19, making just 13 starts in La Liga.
And AS claim that manager Zinedine Zidane is willing to cash in on the midfielder this summer should a suitable offer be tabled.
However, the report claims that his situation is “complex”, with president Florentino Perez holding the 22-year-old in high esteem at the Santiago Bernabeu.
As such, an asking price of €50m (£44.7m) has been placed upon Ceballos’ head, with negotiations not set to begin until such a bid is tabled. Were Spurs to make such an offer, he would become the club’s record signing, eclipsing the £42m paid for Davinson Sanchez in 2017.
Spurs, of course, have been linked with a number of midfielders this summer, including Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele and Real Betis’ Giovani Lo Celso.
Should they make a move for Ceballos, then, as they bid to reinforce a squad that finished in the Premier League’s top four and also reached the Champions League final?
Football FanCast’s writers give their verdicts below!
“I don’t think Spurs should spend a huge sum on Ceballos as they’ve already gone through the process of building a well-balanced squad of young, developing players. What they need now is a couple of ready-made world-class signings with experience to push them over the edge to being legitimate title and trophy contenders, namely at full-back and in the centre of midfield. Ceballos is a quality player, but he will not improve Spurs immediately and therefore should not be the subject of a move that would break the club’s transfer record.”
“The price reported for Ceballos seems hefty but Spurs would be crazy not to pursue him. I must admit that I really like the look of the Spaniard and if his performances at the Under-21 European Championships are anything to go by, they’d have a fine player on their hands. By the time the group stages had finished, he’d already scored twice and assisted two more. It’s clear, therefore, that he thrives on regular game time, something he hasn’t been afforded too much at Real. Under a progressive coach like Mauricio Pochettino, he could really progress and it would be fascinating to see just how far he could take him if he makes the switch. This would be superb business from Tottenham.”
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“I’m not sure that Spurs should think about breaking their transfer record for someone who is only a bit part player at Real Madrid. The Spaniard started just 13 games for Los Blancos last term, and a return of three goals and zero assists in La Liga isn’t fantastic for a creative midfielder. Indeed, he has been lighting up the Under-21 Euros, contributing to four goals in three games, but we’ve all seen how deceiving that tournament can be. He is just 22, so Ceballos may well become an excellent player, but for a team so stringent with their spending, a €50m fee for such an unproven quantity at the top level is a bit too much. The London club should be looking elsewhere this summer.”