Ceballos ‘a step away’ from Madrid

Dani Ceballos is ‘a step away’ from joining Real Madrid following the Real Betis midfielder’s starring role in the European U21 Championships, say reports.

According to Diario AS, the 20-year-old could join Los Blancos on a six-year deal, although he would immediately be loaned back to Betis for a season as he does not wish to leave the club immediately.

The Seville-native has a €15m release clause at Estadio Benito Villamarin but Madrid are reportedly prepared to pay more than this in order to maintain strong relations between the clubs.

“Real Madrid currently has a sporting strategy geared towards young players, although not all end up playing here of course," said a coy Madrid president Florentino Perez on Tuesday on esRadio when questioned on Ceballos.

Estadio Deportivo meanwhile speculate fellow U21 midfielder Marcos Llorente could move to Los Verdiblancos on a season-long loan stint as part of any deal, following a spell at Alaves.

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