Wolves are among the teams chasing the signature of Dani Ceballos this summer.
According to Spanish outlet El Confidencial, Ceballos’ future is not certain. That’s because he’s never worked under incoming Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti before.
He was a Zinedine Zidane signing and even then the legendary Frenchman sent him out on loan to Arsenal for two years running.
Ceballos wants gametime next season, and if he isn’t going to get it, he’d rather be sold than go on loan again.
He would happily go back to Real Betis, his former club, but they don’t have the money to buy him right now.
They report that Madrid want to recoup what they paid for him, 16.5 million euros (£14.1 million) if they do sell.
Wolves could afford that – but there’s a problem. Ceballos isn’t keen to come back to England after two years with Arsenal.
The report claims he’s unlikely to be enticed back to these shores, especially when Wolves are not playing European football.
Is there any way the deal gets done?
It’s not a great start when a player isn’t keen to play in England. It’s not clear how Wolves get around that.
That’s only likely to happen if Ancelotti makes it clear Ceballos really isn’t part of his plans and Wolves are the only club who stump up the cash.
For a shade over £14 million, Ceballos would be decent value and he’s a classy operator with experience of English football.
He’s also a Champions League winner, having played some part in Madrid’s 2018 run to the final, where they beat Liverpool in Kiev.
It seems like there’s a lot which needs to get done to get this one off the ground, but Wolves are clearly sniffing around and looking to improve their midfield.
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