Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos will leave the club this summer as he is not in Zinedine Zidane’s plans for next season. The Spanish player just completed a brilliant U21 Euro leading Spanish to the title and while it seemed that AC Milan had the edge to complete the move, now Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool have emerged as candidates to sign Ceballos, according to a report from MARCA.
Madrid would rather send the player to Tottenham, per that same report. Both clubs have a good relationship and it would be fairly easy to complete a loan deal —or include a buyback clause— so that Ceballos gets the minutes he needs. Furthermore, it looks like Ceballos could be a relevant player in Spurs’ midfield.
Arsenal’s Unai Emery is also trying to sign the midfielder but are not interested in including a buyback clause as they want to make the final decision. Emery’s coaching style would be very interesting for Ceballos’ development, though, so if Arsenal are willing to give up on that final decision, Madrid could very well choose to send the midfielder to Arsenal.
On the other hand, Liverpool just want to buy the player, something which could end up haunting Real Madrid for years if Ceballos reaches his potential. Los Blancos don’t want to sell the midfielder and would rather not improve Liverpool’s team considering that they conquered the Champions League this season.
All in all, it definitely seems that Madrid want to keep their cards close to their chest and at least wait and see if Ceballos can play on a consistent basis in elite football. That’s why a loan deal or a buyback clause make a lot of sense.
Milan, Tottenham and Arsenal would be three good destinations for the Spanish midfielder and it’s time for Real Madrid to make a decision so that Ceballos can complete the pre-season with his new team, something which will help him going forward.