Report: Tottenham reject chance to sign top midfield target – but why?

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly rejected the chance to sign one of their top midfield targets this summer, Dani Ceballos.

The central attacking midfielder starred for Spain at the U21 European Championships, with his team eventually lifting the trophy itself.

Sky Sports reported earlier this month that Spurs were in talks with Real Madrid over a possible signing of the 22-year-old playmaker.

In fact, at one stage, Estadio Deportivo reported that Spurs were in advanced negotiations and were close to signing the player.

However, Le Confidencial now claim that the player is close to a move to Arsenal instead after Tottenham rejected the chance to land him.

The report cites the reasons behind this decision as Real Madrid’s refusal to let Ceballos leave on a permanent deal or include an option to buy in the loan contract.

As a result, a one-year loan deal to Arsenal before returning to Madrid seems like the most likely option at this stage, with Spurs having to look elsewhere.

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  1. It has to be because we wouldn’t just take Ceballos just on a loan as Spurs wanted a buy him clause inserted maybe Real or Ceballos didn’t want that included. Maybe and hopefully it’s because we are buying Isco instead (please be true)

  2. Taking Ceballos on loan without a option to buy for one year would benefit nobody but RM. By the time he had adjusted to Tottenham he could be recalled. Without a buy option, it wouldn’t be of value to Spurs even as a free. I agree with “superhotspurf” – I hope this will open the door for ISCO.


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