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Real Madrid, Betis closing in on Ceballos deal -report

The midfielder would return to Betis on a loan deal this winter, according to Onda Betica.

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Real Madrid and Betis are closing in on a deal for midfielder Dani Ceballos, who would join his former club on a loan deal this next winter, according to Onda Betica. Betis would then have to sign the midfielder permanently next summer, per that same report.

Ceballos was rumored to be on his way to Betis all summer long but the ankle injury he picked up during the Olympic Games made the deal problematic. Futhermore, Betis’ financial structure forced the club to get rid of some contracts before taking Ceballos’ own deal.

This deal would give Betis more time before actually signing Ceballos permanently in the summer of 2022. Ceballos’ chances of getting significant playing time in Madrid this season have decreased after Los Blancos completed the signing of Eduardo Camavinga, so completing this deal during the winter transfer window makes sense for both teams, even if Los Blancos would only send Ceballos on loan until next summer, when Betis would pay the transfer fee —reported around €20 million— to sign him permanently.