Report: Tottenham and Arsenal set to battle for Dani Ceballos

Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos (R) vies for the ball with Apoel's Spanish midfielder Jesus Rueda (C) during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Apoel FC and...

Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing the central midfielder.

Dani Ceballos #24 of Real Madrid moves against the MLS All-Stars during the 2017 MLS All- Star Game at Soldier Field on August 2, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Real Madrid defeated the MLS...Dani Ceballos

A report emanating from Italy this morning claims that the Gunners and Spurs are set to go head-to-head in a battle to sign Real Madrid ace Dani Ceballos, according to Italian media outlet Calcio Mercato.

Both Arsenal and Tottenham are a long way behind league leaders Manchester City, and will be looking to bolster their options during the January transfer window.

And Calcio Mercato claim that the 21-year-old Los Blancos midfielder has emerged as a key target for the north London pair after becoming unhappy with his peripheral role at the Bernabeu.

Dani Ceballos of Spain is awarded the Player of the Tournament by Aleksander Ceferin, UEFA president during the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Final between Germany and Spain at...Dani Ceballos 

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Ceballos joined Madrid from Real Betis in July of this year, but has gone on to make just two La Liga starts for Zinedine Zidane's men.

The Spaniard oozes class though, and the undoubted talent that he possesses would make him a superb signing for either Arsenal or Spurs.

Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos gives the thumbs up as he poses on the pitch during his presentation as new football player of the Real Madrid CF at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in...Dani Ceballos 

He is an orthodox midfielder by trade, and can have an influence on both the defensive and offensive sides of the game.

Whether Zidane would sanction his exit from the Spanish capital remains to be seen, but with the opening of the January transfer window just around the corner, this will certainly be one to keep a close eye on.

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