Pep Guardiola identifies on-loan Real Madrid star as David Silva replacement

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has now commenced preparing for the next summer transfer window. He has classified the on-loan Real Madrid star as an alteration target for the next summer.

Currently, at Arsenal, Dani Ceballos is now Pep Guardiola’s target who seems to have been fascinated by the Spanish midfielder’s performances so far in the Premier League. Arsenal does not have the right to buy Ceballos following his one-year loan restriction with them gets over. Which is why Manchester City has decided that they could transfer in for him once he reverts to the Santiago Bernabeu. The 23-year-old was not getting an ample amount of game time under Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane. Thus, he voted to send him out on loan for a year. So far Ceballos has made 10 appearances for Arsenal across all opponents and has found the net once and assisted two goals twice so far.

David Silva might be departing the club at the end of this season. Hence, Manchester City has fast-tracked their hunt for a replacement and Guardiola believes Ceballos could be the solution. There are records of youngster Phil Foden looking for more developing pasturages as well. This will force Manchester City’s hands into hiring a world-class midfielder next summer at any price. The reports insist that Ceballos would cost around £50 million.

More about Ceballos.

He was born in Utrera, Province of Seville. Ceballos secured Sevilla FC’s youth system in 2004 at the age of 8 but was released in 2009 due to a prolonged bronchitis obstacle. He consequently played for his hometown club CD Utrera and created his development in Real Betis after signing in 2011. He signed a professional contract with the following club on 22 February 2014, while still being a junior.

On 26 April 2014, without even performing for the B-team, Ceballos played his first official game with the Andalusians’ main squad. He came in as a late substitute in a 0–1 La Liga home loss against Real Sociedad. Ceballos scored his first licensed goal on 21 December, making the first of a 2–0 home win over Racing de Santander for the Segunda División league. He highlighted in 33 matches and scored 5 times for the Verdiblancos during the campaign. As they turned to the top level at the first attempt. On 15 October 2015, after prolix discussions, Ceballos repeated his contract until 2020. He scored his first goal in the Spanish top flight on 16 April 2017, scoring the last in a 2–0 home win against SD Eibar.

On 14 July 2017, Real Madrid declared the signing of Ceballos on a six-year deal. It was for a transfer compensation of around €18 million. He made his contentious appearance on 16 August. After replacing Toni Kroos on the 80th minute of the second leg of the Supercopa de España. That was a 2–0 home triumph over FC Barcelona. On 23 September, in his initial start, he scored a couple in a 2–1 away win over Deportivo Alavés. Ceballos made four presentations during the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League. In the year Madrid won their third back-to-back and 13th overall title in the competition.

With Spain’s U21 side he also took part in the successful 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Spain team. He was elected in the UEFA ‘Team of the Tournament’ for the second continuous European U-21 Championship. Ceballos won his first appearance for the full team on 11 September 2018. He played the complete 6–0 home defeat of Croatia for the UEFA Nations League. He netted his maiden goal for his country on 15 November. That was a 2–3 defeat in Zagreb against the same opponent and for the same tournament.

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