Tottenham Hotspur have been linked to a number of attacking midfielders this summer, after current playmaker, Christian Eriksen, revealed his desire to leave the club (Ekstra Bladet).
Spurs were said to be interested in bringing Dani Ceballos in as a replacement, with the Real Madrid playmaker struggling for minutes in Spain. Ceballos was a shining light for Spain in the U21 European Championships this summer.
Sky Sports even revealed that Spurs were in talks with Real Madrid at one stage, as Tottenham looked to bring the attacker to North London.
However, Arsenal were also interested in the Real Madrid player and announced him on a one year loan period yesterday, seemingly beating Spurs to the punch (BBC).
The Express, however, claim that the only reason Spurs did not secure the signing was that they wanted Ceballos on a permanent deal.
It could be viewed that Arsenal are merely being used as a stepping stone to progress a Real Madrid player, and paying for the privilege.
A report out of Spain today has put a figure on that price, claiming that Arsenal paid a whopping €17m to take Cabellos on loan for just one season (Corriere della Sera).
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