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Spurs warned trying to keep Eriksen is “futile”, but the Ceballos talk is starting to get interesting

By Ben Green

Published: 21:02, 4 July 2019

Tottenham Hotspur legend Osvaldo Ardiles believes any attempt from his former club to try and keep Christian Eriksen is “futile” as Dani Ceballos rumours intensify. 

Eriksen is in the last year of his current Spurs contract and has seen his name heavily associated with Real Madrid, as Zinedine Zidane continues his summer galactico project.

Could Eriksen leave for Real? Five things to know…

  • The Danish playmaker is in the final year of his present Spurs deal.
  • Last month Eriksen suggested he “might want to try something new”.
  • The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to Real and even name-checked the club in an interview discussing his Spurs future.
  • Ardiles has now suggested Eriksen “has put his mind on a move”.
  • Marca have reported that should Eriksen relocate to Real, Ceballos could move in the opposite direction.

The north London playmaker recently hinted at a move to the Bernabeu and he could be set to add to Zidane’s growing list of star-studded signings this summer.

Los Blancos have already secured Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo‎, but Florentino Perez may yet flex further financial muscle this summer with the acquisition of Eriksen, who has his heart set on a La Liga switch according to Ardiles.

He told talkSPORT: “It looks to me like he has put his mind on a move – that he wants to go somewhere else.

“And if that is the case it’s futile for the club to try and keep a player when he wants to leave.

“I won’t say he’s not happy with us, because he is, but his mind is trying to play somewhere else, and the best thing is to part company.”

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Ceballos to Spurs?

Spurs recently broke their 18-month transfer drought last month with the recruitment of two players; first the signing of Leeds United’s teenage talent, Jack Clarke, and later, record-signing Tanguy Ndombele.

But their business may not be over just yet. Talks with Real Betis’ Giovani Lo Celso appear to have stalled, but rumours of a move for Ceballos have started to gain serious momentum.

The 22-year-old was a standout performer in Spain’s recent triumph in the European Under-21 Championship, but he is thought to be deemed surplus to requirements by Zidane.

As such, Marca’s above report suggests Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool are locked in a three-way tug-of-war for the Spaniard’s services, but the former is believed to be leading the way for his signature.

The transfer of Ceballos to Spurs would not only soften the Eriksen blow should he part company, but he may also be used as a bargaining chip to push a deal through for the Dane – though Real would, of course, insist upon a buy-back clause.