Dani Ceballos is set to become the second signing of Real Madrid, who recently confirmed Theo Hernandez as their first capture of the transfer window.
The Real Betis midfielder was the talk of the U-21 Euro Championship, as he gained high praise for his technique and dribbling ability. Despite his team losing the final to Germany, the 20-year-old was chosen as the player of the tournament.
Ever since the championship concluded, it was only a matter of time before some bigger club pounced on Ceballos, and Real Madrid have done just that.
The Spaniard reportedly rejected a new deal with Betis before reaching an agreement with the Champions League and La Liga winners. The transfer is believed to cost a modest €18 million, and the player will sign a 6-year deal with Real Madrid.
While speaking at a press conference, Betis president Angel Haro said: “Dani has rejected our offer to extend his contract with Betis and Real Madrid has told us that he has an agreement with them. Both clubs are talking, in hours or days we will have news.”
Haro then showed belief in his club’s youth setup to replace the outgoing players, by adding: “As we have said before, no player is indispensable and Betis come before everything, even the president. Other players will come in, perhaps more youth players who have had great seasons will come in and we will keep on going.”
By signing both players – Theo Hernandez and Ceballos – under the age of 20, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has turned to youth this year rather than going for trademark Galactico signings.
Written by Shorya Panwar
Has 20+ years of experience managing Schalke in Football Manager 2017. Believes wing-backs are the most complete footballers in the modern/evolved football. Writes weird stuff on his personal blog.