Tottenham Hotspur continue preparations for the Champions League final that is set for June 1 in Madrid at the Metropolitano Stadium, home of Atletico Madrid. While this unlikely trip to the final is on all of our minds, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the club are already active in the transfer market as an overhaul is expected for the summer. One of the players that finds himself in the middle of transfer rumors is Christian Eriksen, who may find himself in Madrid for the next few years but at the Santiago Bernabeu on the other side of the city.
Real Madrid have made it pretty clear that they are spending a ton of cash this summer, with targets such as Eriksen, Paul Pogba and Eden Hazard in their sights. While Hazard looks to be all but a done deal, Eriksen has been more coy about his future given there’s a final to play in ten days. A report by AS print edition (via Sport Witness) suggests that Real might have a way to pry the Danish International away from Tottenham by using midfielder Dani Ceballos as a makeweight.
The 22-year-old decided to leave the Santiago Bernabéu after Zinedine Zidane returned to the club in March. The Frenchman also does not count on the player, and he Ceballos doesn’t want to be stuck on the bench.
For this reason, he’s looking for a project where he feels important again and that makes Tottenham one of the ‘best placed’ to convince him to join them.
In addition to this, Pochettino has been following the Spaniard for a long time and wants him to be a key part of his new project at the club.
AS explains the operation may not be easy because Real Madrid may want to include a buyback clause, while the player’s priority is the sporting project, irrespective of the type of deal.
Eriksen could be key in the operation as he’s wanted by the La Liga giants and Ceballos could be his replacement at the north London club.
Ceballos was left out of the final matchday squad for Real Madrid and is not in Zinedine Zidane’s plans for next season. The Spanish giants are looking to get around €40-50m for the 22-year-old, according to a second report from the same outlet. Of course, that goes out the window if this becomes a player swap. Real would have to throw in a nice chunk of money to get Eriksen in the same deal.
In regards to Ceballos’ ability, here’s a Statsbomb from his 16-17 season with Real Betis:
Dani Ceballos, Real Betis 16-17. pic.twitter.com/8Km277LJva— Ted Knutson (@mixedknuts) August 8, 2017
This is a player to be excited about and would certainly cushion the blow of losing Eriksen. He’s a player who can progress the ball, make incisive passes and generally be a thorn in the side of any defensive formation.
It’s clear that Spurs know they can’t go a third window without signing anyone, so it’s great to see these links to players that have great quality such as Ceballos, Tanguay Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso. Spurs aren’t going to get all three, so that needs to be erased from our heads immediately. Lo Celso more than likely ends up at Atletico Madrid if they sell Rodri to Manchester City and Juventus look set on signing Adrien Rabiot and dealing with his psychotic management team on a free transfer instead of dropping cash for Ndombele. If those dominoes fall into place and Eriksen is ready to move on, then nabbing Dani Ceballos and Tanguay Ndombele is one hell of a consolation prize as both players help fill in a huge hole in the squad.
Don’t expect any real movement on this until after the Champions League final, of course. Once the match is done, we’re going to learn sooner rather than later who is coming and going from the club.