Liverpool have reportedly turned down the chance to sign Real Madrid outcast Dani Ceballos following the end of his two-year loan spell at Arsenal.
According to Spanish news outlet Don Balon, Jurgen Klopp has become the latest manager to have been offered the 24-year-old Spanish midfielder.
Following the departure of the ever-present Gini Wijnaldum, the Reds have been linked with a number of midfield options as it is obvious this is an area of concern.
Reports have stated that Real Madrid have set the price tag of £26 million euros which means he would have been available for less than the rumoured transfers of Saul, Renato Sanchez, and Youri Tielemans.
Why Liverpool need to sign a midfielder
Midfield stalwart Gini Wijnaldum left the club on a free transfer this summer, joining PSG. The Dutchman featured in all 38 league games last season proving his value to the club.
Wijnaldum’s departure, reports surrounding Jordan Henderson’s future, and the long injury records of Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, mean this has to a priority position for Liverpool’s recruitment team this summer.
It was already anticipated that Liverpool would look to address this gap in the squad. But it is looking increasingly likely, if it wasn’t already, that multiple signings will be required, begging the question whether Klopp may regret turning down a player who is only 24 and has amassed 49 Premier League appearances over the last two seasons.
What RTK has to say
Ceballos may have presented a ‘cheap’ option for Liverpool to add much needed depth in a position of concern.
We can’t speak as to how reliable Don Balon is, but Ceballos has undoubted talent and this could be a decision Liverpool regret should he flourish in the right situation.
However, at this moment in time there does appear to be a number of other players Liverpool are prioritising which closer match the player profile that suits Klopp.