Tottenham are leading the race to sign Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, according to reports in Spain.

Last week, we relayed a story purporting Real Madrid are willing to offer Ceballos as part of a £45 million deal for Christian Eriksen.

But with speculation suggesting Madrid are prioritising a move for Manchester United star Paul Pogba ahead of Eriksen, that deal looks unlikely.

However, Spanish outlet AS claims Spurs are the ‘best placed’ club to sign Ceballos either permanently or on loan this summer, regardless of what happens with Eriksen.

It is believed Real Madrid will not listen to offers below €50 million (around £44.7m) for the 22-year-old, who has been impressing at the Under-21 Euro Championships in recent days.

Ceballos has four years remaining on his current contract but Zinedine Zidane apparently no longer sees a future for him at the Bernabeu.

Tottenham are said to have spoken to the midfielder already, although Arsenal are also believed to be willing to meet Madrid’s asking price.

The arrival of a new central midfielder at Spurs seems likely, but whether it will be Ceballos, Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele or somebody else remains to be seen.



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