Tottenham Hotspur remain interested in Real Madrid’s 22-year-old midfielder Dani Ceballos after his impressive Euro U21 campaign with Spain.
However, it appears that there are three key reasons why this deal is proving to be problematic.
1 – Sky Sports have reported that Ceballos would prefer a loan move this summer as he does not wish to leave Los Blancos on a permanent deal. Therefore, despite Spurs’ interest in a permanent move, any potential deal is not straightforward.
In a recent interview with Spanish news outlet, Marca, Ceballos commented on his future.
When asked if he hopes to be an important player next season, the Spaniard said: “Yes, the most important thing in life is to be happy and that can only happen by playing 40 games a year.
“My personal goal for next season is to play 40 games and to be comfortable at all times. Wherever it is doesn’t matter, but it has to be a place where I can feel valued”.
Ceballos went on to comment on his future, stating: “At the moment I have no preferred choice. What I know is that I want to enjoy next year and that I’m open to new challenges. I’d like to try new things”.
2- There are also complications over Ceballos’ contract that seem to be preventing a deal from progressing. It is reported that Ceballos has a high release clause on his current deal. With this in mind, it seems that it would take a large sum for Spurs to prize Ceballos away from Madrid on a permanent deal.
3 – Ceballos also has four-years remaining on his current deal, putting Madrid in a strong position in terms of negotiation.
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With these factors in mind, it will certainly be interesting to see if a potential deal for Ceballos can be agreed over the next few weeks.
Ceballos is a player that I think would flourish at Spurs. However, I would be concerned if we were to agree on a deal that did not involve a permanent move for the player. With our recent exploits in the Champions League, the completion of our new ground and the recent signing of Tanguy Ndombele it is important for us to continue to show intent in the market and not settle for loan signings that will not benefit us in the long term.
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