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Dani Ceballos could become one of Tottenham Hotspur’s summer signings as talks over a loan deal continue to progress, per Football FanCast sources.
What exactly will Ceballos bring to north London, though, if he ends up completing a move?
Indeed, Spurs are currently haggling over a £45m buyout clause that would allow the club to purchase the Spain international next summer, sources have said.
And one can see why Mauricio Pochettino is so keen on adding the Spain international to his squad.
He made a total of 23 appearances for Real in La Liga last season, with ten coming as a substitute.
Per WhoScored, he scored three goals and averaged one key pass per game, along with just 0.6 dribbles.
His passing completion rate is exemplary, too, and stands at 92.6% from 44.1 average passes. He also averaged two long balls per game, 1.4 tackles and 0.7 interceptions and fouls.
For Spain’s Under-21 side, in the European Championships this summer, his stats are all the more impressive.
He scored two goals and registered two assists in five games, with 2.8 key passes per game, 3.8 dribbles and a pass completion rate of 90.1% from 75 average passes.
That, quite simply, is absolutely exceptional.
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One feels that Ceballos does not need to grab the game by the scruff of the neck when he is playing for Real.
They have the likes of Gareth Bale, Vinicius Junior, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric; Ceballos does not need to be the main man.
For Spain’s Under-21 team, though, his stats suggest that he is handed the responsibility of running games, and he stood up to that.
At Spurs, he would likely have a similar role; yes, they have the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min but a progressive central midfielder would be an excellent addition.
Moussa Sissoko can do that and Tanguy Ndombele has been signed to perhaps play alongside him, but Ceballos is a more traditional playmaker and would be able to keep the ball moving, looking to probe defences and find a way through.
Reports suggest that Pochettino is very keen to sign him this summer and has asked chairman Daniel Levy to deliver.
He would be an exceptional acquisition.