Conflicting reports over the future of Real Betis midfielder Dani Ceballos leaves him in a rare and enviable situation: Barcelona or Real Madrid?
Of course, that is the scenario according to Spanish media. One side claims that the homegrown Betis man has agreed to a deal in principle with Madrid, while the other claims his heart is set on a move to Barcelona.
A transfer to the current European Champions would be a long-term investment, as they are planning to send the player back on loan to Real Betis for the 2017/18 season after completing his signing.
As for Barcelona, their midfield ranks could use some bolstering after the disappointment of Andre Gomes’ debut season, while Andres Iniesta isn’t getting any younger.
The move to Barcelona seems the riskier of the two given Ceballos’ presumed first-team role, but his recent performances at club and international level suggest he is ready for the challenge.
An impressive domestic campaign for Real Betis saw Ceballos score two and assist two in 30 La Liga appearances, while he was named Player of the Tournament at the under-21 European Championship as Spain finished runners-up.
Furthermore, his release clause is set at €15 million, a price which would appear a pittance for the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Dani Ceballos and his representatives met with Real Betis manager Quique Setien, club president Angel Haro and vice president Lorenzo Serra Ferrer to discuss the player’s future on Tuesday, with Ceballos claiming he will make his decision in two weeks.