Real Madrid have set their asking price for Spanish under 21 midfielder Dani Ceballos, according to Spanish outlet AS.
They report that the Spanish giants won’t accept anything less than 50 million euros (£44.7 million) for the 22-year-old, who has excelled at the Under 21 European Championship out in Italy this month.
The report also says that the player himself would prefer a loan deal, which would give him an opportunity to break into the Real first team at a later date.
But Tottenham are named in the report as the most likely side to swoop and while Daniel Levy may prefer a loan from a financial point of view, £44.7 million is an affordable price tag for a hugely promising young player.
Names such as Tanguy Ndombele, Bruno Fernandes and Giovani Lo Celso have all been banded around in relation to improving Tottenham’s midfield this summer.
But it’s unlikely that Tottenham would get any of them for £44.7 million – or under – and that matters to a businessman as shrewd as Levy.
There’s no excuse for him not to pay the money for a player who is only going to get better and has only furthered his reputation with an outstanding summer tournament performance.
Ceballos would fit right into what Tottenham are trying to do – a young, hungry starlet who is looking for an opportunity to play regularly.
The biggest issue is if he’s got his heart set on the Madrid first team. Getting him on loan wouldn’t be of any great benefit and him leaving Real when he doesn’t really want prove problematic.