Liverpool have reached an agreement with Real Madrid for midfielder Dani Ceballos. The player will join on a 4-year deal, according to Calciomercato.
The Spanish midfielder joined the reigning European champions last summer after a stunning spell at Real Betis, but has endured a difficult debut campaign at the Bernabeu.
Ceballos has found appearances extremely hard to come by and has only made two starts, with Los Blanco’s boss Zinedine Zidane telling him he is free to search for a new club this summer.
The Italian source has stated that AC Milan were frontrunners for Ceballos’ signature, however the ‘decisive intervention’ of Jürgen Klopp has reportedly swayed the 21-year-old’s mind.
It is believed that in recent weeks Liverpool have ramped up their interest and that they have been in regular contact with the player’s agent.
Madrid previously shelled out €18million to secure the signature of Ceballos, who had been of interest of arch rivals Barcelona, and are now looking to offload him for more than double that.
Calciomercato have reported that a fee somewhere in the region of €40 million will allow Ceballos to end his nightmare spell in the Spanish capital.
Juventus were previously interested, but the reported asking price is likely to prize them out, leaving Liverpool and Milan to battle it out for the 2017 UEFA U21 Championship player of the tournament. The Reds’ will certainly have the neccessary money to complete any deal, as Klopp looks to finally replace Philippe Coutinho.