3 Oct 2015

Transfer Update: Liverpool chase exciting €15m playmaker who idolises 'Xavi'. Deal already agree for next summer

Over the summer, Radio Sevilla claimed that Liverpool had agreed a deal to sign Real Betis star Dani Ceballos next summer, and according to new reports this week, the Reds are still tracking the highly-rated midfielder.

In August, the Daily Express claimed:

"Liverpool have agreed a deal for Real Betis midfielder Dani Ceballos to join the club next summer".

Radio Sevilla further claimed that:

* Liverpool offered Ceballos a house and a car, and that persuaded Ceballos to reject Arsenal for the Reds.

* Ceballos - who has a €15m release clause in his contract - will be paid a salary of €1.5m a year.

According to Marca on Friday:

* Liverpool are still hoping to seal a deal for Ceballos, and are in a three-way battle with Arsenal and Chelsea for the Spaniard's signature.

Some info about 19-year old Ceballos:

* Central midfielder, who can also play on the right, or as an attacking midfielder.

* 15 apps for various Spain youth teams.

* Last Season: 10 goals/assists in 36 appearances for Real Betis B.

* Jul 2015: UEFA European Under-19 Championship winner with Spain.

* According to Marca: "Ceballos is the most exciting youth prospect to emerge at Betis since Joaquín".

* Marca's assessment of Ceballos: "Versatile midfielder, equally at home in a holding role, on the left of a midfield three/five or even as a playmaker. Eye for a killer pass {and] the ability to ghost into the box from deep".

* In May, Ceballos told Sefutbol.com: "Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta have always been my role models"

Betis coach Pepe Mel has also urged Ceballos to stay at Betis, and when asked in July about the youngster's future, he told Marca:

"Ceballos should be in no hurry to go to one of the 'big' teams. The best thing that can happen for him is to stay and develop at Betis"

Ceballos has also been advised to stay at Betis by Rafael Van Der Vaart, who signed for the Spanish club this summer. In a recent interview, he described Ceballos as 'excellent', but added:

"When I was 19 I was at Ajax and I knew I wanted to stay there. To play is very important, and it's good to develop for two or three years in a good league, so I hope he [Ceballos} stays here with us".

Mel and Van Der Vaart are absolutely right. Where's the fire? Ceballos is 19, and has achieved absolutely nothing in the game, and moving to a big club right now will probably stunt his development.

Ceballos may sign for Liverpool next summer, but by then, he'll still only be 20, and there's little chance of him becoming a first-team regular ahead of Henderson, Milner, Can, and whoever else Rodgers signs over the next year.

As such, it's arguably a mistake to leave Betis. At the bare minimum, Ceballos should stay for another two years and continue his development.

Author: Jaimie K


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