Liverpool are already making a move to sign Real Madrid’s wantaway midfielder Dani Ceballos this summer, according to reports in Spain.
The 21-year-old moved from Real Betis to the Bernabeu last year in a £15m deal, with Real paying slightly above his release clause in order to ensure a smooth sale.
Ceballos had been superb in his final campaign for Betis, but has made just nine appearances in La Liga this season under Zinedine Zidane and appears surplus to requirements.
And now Mundo Deportivo report that he is likely to be allowed to leave this summer, with both Liverpool and Roma the primary suitors for his signature.
Jurgen Klopp has requested expressly the signing of Ceballos, with Liverpool’s transfer board currently weighing up a number of options to replace Emre Can.
The German is out of contract this summer and, despite Liverpool’s best efforts, will not sign a new deal. Can is expected to join Juventus on a free transfer at the end of the season, and, despite having already agreed a deal for RB Leipzig star Naby Keita, the Reds still want another midfielder.
Klopp is a big fan of Ceballos and there is a feeling at Liverpool that the Spaniard would be open to moving to Anfield and is ready-made for the Premier League.
Roma are also interested and are prepared to enter a bidding war for Ceballos, though the Italian side also have their eye on his Real teammate Mateo Kovacic.