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Tottenham Hotspur have “more chances” to sign Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid this summer than other interested clubs, per AS.
The attacking midfielder is reportedly deemed expendable this summer, with Sevilla and Real Betis both interested in securing his signature.
However, the aforementioned report claims that he has a €50m (£44.7m) asking price on his head, with Real seemingly happy to acquiesce to his sale.
The demanded fee, though, could prove prohibitive to his Spanish suitors, the report states, with Spurs more likely to match it.
Ceballos has just won the European Under-21 Championships with Spain, scoring two goals and registering two assists for La Roja.
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Ceballos could be perfect for Spurs.
He hasn’t really been given a chance at Real, making a total of 56 appearances for the club.
Yet he is a gifted midfielder, an excellent passer and a willing runner. Mauricio Pochettino requires both an intense work rate and an elite technical ability from his players, and the Spaniard has both.
Per WhoScored, he averaged a total of 44.1 passes per game in La Liga, with a pass completion rate of 92.6%.
He recycles possession effectively and also averages one key pass per game, along with 1.4 tackles, showing he is no slouch pressing and tracking back despite his obvious attacking flair.
Ceballos is certainly understated – perhaps that is why Real are so willing to cash in – but he is also quietly effective at every aspect of the game.
Spurs could do a lot worse than bringing him in this summer.