Real Madrid reportedly want €50m for Dani Ceballos who has been linked with a move to Arsenal as an Aaron Ramsey replacement but it seems as if Spurs could be better placed to land him.

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MADRID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 03: Daniel Ceballos of Real Madrid takes on Ruben Duarte and Victor Laguardia of Deportivo Alaves during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Deportivo Alaves at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 03, 2019, in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

At the start of June, it was reported that Arsenal had joined Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United in showing an interest in Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos this summer.

El Confidencial wrote that Arsenal, West Ham, and Tottenham Hotspur were all chasing the 22-year-old this summer as he’s seemingly fallen out of favour in Madrid.

Purchased in 2017 for just €16.5m from Real Betis, the latest reports claim that Tottenham are ‘best placed’ to sign him and, given their budget compared to Arsenal’s, that would make sense.

Monday’s AS claims that Arsenal have entered the fray in the last few days and would be willing to meet Real Madrid’s valuation but it’s hard to see how that is possible unless they sell a big player to increase their ‘war chest’.

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AS 24 June 2019

After being in and out of the La Liga team’s starting lineup for most of the season, Ceballos only appeared in one of their final nine games, missing out on the squad completely for five of those.

Arsenal are looking for an Aaron Ramsey replacement in the current window after the Welshman’s free transfer to Juventus. Ceballos is a good all-around midfielder, strong in possession but also solid defensively, so he could certainly help plug the gap.

Arsenal’s competition is set to be fierce though. Ceballos is reportedly ‘very high’ on Mauricio Pochettino’s list of priorities, and Spurs have the advantage that they have a player Madrid want in Christian Eriksen.

Eriksen has made it clear that he would be interested in leaving Spurs, meaning a swap deal could be on the cards. Arsenal don’t have that kind of leverage, nor do they have Champions League football or a large budget, so landing the midfielder ahead of their north London rivals won’t be easy.