It can difficult to know what to believe and what not to during the transfer window. So many rumours are churned out it’s only natural to be suspicious of what you read. There are so many factors that can warp transfer speculation, from clubs briefing in their own interests to agents playing the market to the benefit of their client.
However, one rumour that consistently surfaces is the one that links Dani Ceballos with a move to Liverpool. The Anfield club were supposedly interested in the midfielder while he was at Real Betis only to be beaten to his signing by Real Madrid. Now, the Spanish giants are believed to be open to the idea of Ceballos leaving.
He is a man in-demand. Ceballos might have failed to nail down a place in the starting lineup at the Santiago Bernabeu, but he has still shown glimpses of his quality, impressing for Spain at the Under 21 European Championships. Tottenham Hotspur are also thought to be keen on signing the 22-year-old.
But would Ceballos be a good fit for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool? The German surely sees him as more of an attacking force than Zinedine Zidane. That’s where the whole exists in the Liverpool squad at present, with the Reds still to replace Philippe Coutinho after last summer’s failed pursuit of Nabil Fekir.
Indeed, Ceballos plays further up the pitch for both Spain and their U-21s. That is where he can do a lot of damage and it’s easy to imagine him being deployed to great success in a similar way by Klopp at Liverpool. He has the technical ability and mobility to fit in at Anfield.
Spurs would also be a good fit for Ceballos, but would he receive more game time in North London than he would on Merseyside? As already referenced, there is a place in the Liverpool squad for him, while Mauricio Pochettino already has Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen as attack-minded central midfielders.
Real Madrid are in the midst of a squad overhaul and a large part of this is about shifting players out of the club. Having spent the best part of £300 million on new signings this is a necessity and this is where they could be a bargain for Liverpool to pick up. £45 million has been mentioned as the fee Real Madrid are demanding for Ceballos and in this inflated market that would represent great value for Liverpool.
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