Reports in the Spanish media today suggest that Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on the loan signing of midfield playmaker Dani Ceballos. This exciting young player has been on the fringes of the first team at Real Madrid since his arrival back in 2017. Although Ceballos has made 35 La Liga appearances since his switch from Real Betis, Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has suggested that the Spaniard’s first team opportunities will be limited, and he may well be better suited by going out on loan for a year to gain further experience. Dani Ceballos is someone who Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of, and the Spurs gaffer is particularly keen on securing the 22 year old’s services.
I don’t believe Christian Eriksen is desperate to leave Tottenham Hotspur, but a recent interview with the Dane would suggest that he is open to offers should a big club make an approach. At 27 years of age and with only a year left on his current deal, this would arguably be the best time for Spurs to cash in on the talented midfielder. Were Eriksen to sign a new contract, things may change but as it stands, it makes sense for Daniel Levy to consider offers. The obvious scenario would see Christian Eriksen head for Real Madrid with Dani Ceballos coming in the other direction. That being said, exchanges of this nature are often muted, but rarely ever come to fruition as the oddshunter sports betting odds will no doubt confirm.
The bigger question is, can Ceballos produce enough on the pitch for Spurs to be a replacement for Eriksen? That’s a difficult one to answer, but the Spaniard certainly has the potential to be as good, if not an ever better player than the great Dane. Don’t get me wrong, Christian Eriksen has been seriously influential since his arrival at Tottenham Hotspur back in 2013, but there have also been times when he has left supporters frustrated by what may have been. There is an argument to be made that in the very big matches, Eriksen is not quite as impactful as he can be. I’m not sure exactly why that’s the case, but with so much reliance on his creative ability, it could make sense for Mauricio Pochettino to have a shake up in midfield and give someone new an opportunity. Dani Ceballos may well be that man.
Punters having a sport bet on Real Madrid to land top honours next term will want to know the outcome of these transfers before putting any money down. With the start of the 2019-20 campaign just weeks away, both clubs will want to conclude their business sooner rather than later. It will definitely be interesting to see exactly where Dani Ceballos and Christian Eriksen will be playing their football next season.