Who is Dani Ceballos? The pawn in a potential Christian Eriksen to Madrid deal

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Dom Le Roy

Christian Eriksen’s future has been a source of a lot of speculation recently after the midfielder admitted that he is seeking a new challenge and revealed that he is open to a move to Real Madrid ( Ekstra Bladet).

Madrid are currently said to be in the transfer market to add another midfielder to their ranks ahead of the new campaign with Eriksen and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba said to be the two choices between whom the club will choose (The Express).

The Sun claim that if the Spanish giants plump for a move for Eriksen, they will offer Tottenham a £45million fee plus young midfielder Dani Ceballos, who Spurs have been linked with in the past.

Here’s all that you need to know about the 22-year-old midfielder

Full Name: Dani Ceballos

Age: 22

Club: Real Madrid C.F.

Nationality: Spain

Position: Central midfield

Playing Style: Ceballos is a modern say central midfielder, who is small in stature and has a low centre of gravity. He likes to speed up the pace of the game and is adept at spreading play. He is good at one vs one situation both offensively and defensively.

Strengths: Intensity, technique

Weaknesses: While Ceballos can be a vital cog in the wheel, he is not the type of midfielder to take the game by the scruff of the neck, and has received criticism for failing to impose himself on matches at the Bernabeu.

Highlights of His Career: The 22-year-old came to prominence after putting in mature displays in midfield while he was just a teenager at Real Betis. Real Madrid subsequently snapped him up in the summer of 2017. He put in some terrific performances for the Spanish giants in the first season and established himself as a full Spanish international.

However, although he has made 22 and 34 appearances in his two seasons at the Spanish capital, manager Zinedine Zidane doesn’t appear to be a massive fan of the youngster and has often overlooked him in big games.

Rumour rating: C-

While Ceballos is clearly talented and is exactly the type of young player that Pochettino loves working with, there doesn’t appear to be much in this rumour. Swap deals rarely ever materialise these days, and it is highly unlikely that Levy will consider a bid of £45million plus Ceballos for Eriksen’s services.

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