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Juve try to steal march on Arsenal with €20m bid for Spanish starlet

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Juventus have bid €20million for Real Betis midfielder Dani Ceballos, €5million above the the player’s release clause, according to Radio Sevilla Cadena SER (via Mundo Deportivo).

The reason for Juve’s bid is likely so the Spanish club talk the midfielder into joining the Serie A side. Mundo Deportivo report their intention would have been to loan him out to another Serie A side in order for him to get first team action and acclimatise to Italian football.

For his part, Ceballos is believed to be not interested in moving to Italy. Mundo Deportivo have sources close to the player which suggest that the player met with his agent yesterday to discuss the offers on the table. In addition to Juve, Arsenal, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich have all reportedly triggered the 20 year old’s buyout clause.

The assumption is that he will stay in Spain, but the Spanish Under 21 international will have to consider whether he will get first team football. Out of the teams interested, the Gunners would be the club likeliest to offer him regular game time straight away, although he may opt to join either Barcelona or one of the Madrid clubs before being loaned out for a season.

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