Two European Giants Have Tabled Offers For U21 Star Dani Ceballos
A bidding war has begun over the signature of Real Betis' Spanish u21 star Dani Ceballos.
The 20-year-old midfielder was one of the stars of the recent u21 European Championships in Poland, being crowned as the Player of The Tournament en route to helping Spain reach the final, where they lost to Germany.
And, with news of Ceballos' minimum fee release clause being as low as €15 million, two European heavyweights have been quick to submit offers for the Betis wonderkid.
Ceballos in March: "My style's similar to Modric." That's what Zidane sees too and he wants him to be the Croatian's (31) successor. [as] pic.twitter.com/PPsTRNMbZF- SB (@Realmadridplace) July 4, 2017
Despite Barcelona's strong interest, it is not Ernesto Valverde's side who are being credited with any of the offers that have apparently been submitted for Ceballos' services, so far.
Instead, Barca's El Clasico rivals Real Madrid are believed to have tabled a bid of €20 million, €5 million above his release clause, with Serie A champions Juventus matching Los Blancos' offer.
Juventus have submitted a €20 million offer to Real Betis for Dani Ceballos who won 2017 U21 POT. (Radio Sevilla)- Kennedy Amoako (@FancyDiMaria) July 4, 2017
Juventus have offered €20m to sign Betis midfielder Dani Ceballos. [Radio Sevilla] pic.twitter.com/D50IB6qdOD- Juvefc.com (@juvefcdotcom) July 4, 2017
The extra €5 milllion is claimed to be commissions for Ceballos' agent and entourage, according to Football Italia, who are also reporting that, despite the Italian champions' interest, Ceballos would prefer a move to Real.
AS cover: Ceballos's decisive day - Madrid will meet Betis tomorrow. The deal will be closed with Madrid paying more than his buyout €15M pic.twitter.com/RMwe9pKb6P- SB (@Realmadridplace) July 3, 2017
Barça are tempting Ceballos with first team inclusion and playing a leading role but the player remains firm in joining Real Madrid. [as] pic.twitter.com/vei4jWmJa8- SB (@Realmadridplace) July 4, 2017
Despite his tender years, Ceballos has already been a first team regular for Betis for the last two seasons, making over 60 appearances for Los Verdiblancos in the process.
Even though they are yet to officially table an offer for the 20-year-old, Barcelona are still rumoured to be considering doing so, although the Blaugrana's attentions seem to be focused solely on landing PSG's Italian midfielder Marco Verratti, at the current time.
(H/T Football Italia)
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