Dani Ceballos is close to securing a move to Real Madrid. Following his sumptuous performances for the Spain Under 21 side in the European Championships, contact has intensified and an agreement is close.
Real Madrid’s intention is to sign Ceballos this summer and loan him back to Betis for the 2017/18 LaLiga season. His exploits in a Spain shirt this summer may tempt Madrid to bring Ceballos in to the first team squad immediately. Ceballos caught the eye as La Rojita beat Italy to progress to the final in Poland on Tuesday. Those at the Bernabéu will analyse the situation in detail to ensure that they do not slow down the player’s development.
Ceballos would welcome the opportunity to continue his development at the Villamarín for another year, particularly as Betis look likely to form a competitive team ahead of the coming season.
The relationship between Real Madrid and Betis is smooth, and both parties will work towards a mutually-beneficial agreement. Ceballos has a release clause of €15m, but Madrid could pay more. This would give Madrid an advantage over Atlético, who were close to signing Ceballos last summer, and who remain keen on his signature.
Madrid are willing to offer Ceballos a long-term contract (five or six years), in order to tie down another jewel from the insatiable Spain Under 21 team. Asensio, Mayoral, Llorente, and Vallejo form the current Madrid contingent. The signing of Ceballos would also fit neatly within Madrid’s broader approach of targeting the best young talent from across the world, with Vinicius and Theo Hernández recent evidence of that tactic.