Dani Ceballos has caught the eye for Spain’s U21 side at the European Championships (Picture: Getty)Real Madrid will demand €50m for playmaker Dani Ceballos this summer with Tottenham among the clubs monitoring the situation closely, according to AS.
The 22-year-old has been one of the stars of the U21 European Championships, scoring two goals and registering two assists apiece in Spain’s opening three matches of the tournament.
Despite Ceballos’ sparkling form on the international stage, though, he is expected to leave Real Madrid during the current transfer window as the club look to balance the books.
Real Madrid have already splashed out around €300m on Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Rodrygo, Ferland Mendy and Eder Militao since the end of last season.
Although Ceballos is rated highly by Real’s president Florentino Perez, he does not appear to have convinced Zinedine Zidane of his merits during either of the Frenchman’s spells in charge.
Mauricio Pochettino is keen to add Ceballos to his ranks this summer (Picture: Getty)Ceballos started just two of the club’s final 11 fixtures of the campaign following Zidane’s re-appointment and he would be happy to offload the former Real Betis man.
According to the report, signing Ceballos is a priority for Mauricio Pochettino and the Champions League finalists have already held preliminary talks with him over a potential switch.
Arsenal are also reportedly monitoring Ceballos while Paolo Maldini, who has recently been appointed AC Milan’s Technical Director, has identified him as a primary target.
Real Madrid had been strongly linked with a move for Spurs’ playmaker Christian Eriksen although their interest is said to have cooled with Zidane prioritising a pursuit for Paul Pogba instead.
Eriksen had expressed a desire to leave Spurs in order to ‘try something new’ and Ceballos, along with Real Betis’ Giovani Lo Celso, has been identified as a potential replacement for the Dane.
Ceballos joined Real from Betis in 2017 for a reported fee of €18m but he has struggled for first-team football at the Bernabeu, making 56 appearances across two seasons.
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