According to the latest reports in the Spanish publication AS, Arsenal have been keeping tabs on Real Betis youngster Dani Ceballos as Arsene Wenger sees parallels with Cesc Fabregas.
The Gunners have often scoured the Spanish market in search of Europe’s next top players and currently boast two Spanish youngsters in their squad, Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral.
Yet, the biggest success to date was the club’s decision to prize away Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona as a 16-year-old following his wonderful performances during the U17 World Cup in Finland in 2003.
Fabregas went on to become one of the Gunners’ best players before returning to Barcelona in a big-money move, and then rather controversially signing for rivals Chelsea last summer.
The report in AS claims Wenger sees similarities between Ceballos and Fabregas, although the North Londoners aren’t alone in their interest as Serie A champions Juventus are also tracking him.
Who is Dani Ceballos?
The 18-year-old is predominantly a central midfielder, standing at 5ft 9inch and possessing excellent passing range, technique and ball control.
Ceballos featured 33 times during Real Betis’s promotion campaign back to La Liga, topping off a dream campaign by helping the Spain U19 side win the 2015 European Championships in Greece.
Ceballos’ contract runs out next summer, putting Betis in a complicated situation as to whether to cash in on him now or risk losing him for free next summer.
The report states attempts have been made to tie him down to a new long-term deal, but interest across Europe could see him ignore their advances and look for a big career move elsewhere.