Liverpool‘s chances of landing Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos have suffered a big blow with the Galacticos lining up a swap deal with Real Betis for their midfielder Fabian Ruiz this summer. According to recent reports, the Reds are set to miss out on their summer transfer target, who had revealed his desire to make a switch to Merseyside when the transfer window opens in the summer.
The Spanish youngster has found first-team opportunities hard to come by under the stewardship of Zinedine Zidane this season and some sources have recently claimed that Betis are confident about their chances of landing Ceballos this summer and beat Liverpool in the process.
The Spaniard has featured in 22 matches for Los Blancos this season, scoring two goals in the La Liga so far. However, the lack of first-team action could pave the way for his potential move away from the Spanish capital in the summer. With the Reds of Merseyside set to miss out on Ceballos, let’s take a look at three alternatives for Jurgen Klopp to consider in the off-season.
The AC Milan midfielder has been in sensational form in the Serie A this season. The 28-year-old has featured in 45 matches for his team in all competitions and has scored 8 goals while making 4 assists so far. He will be a perfect fit for Klopp’s team if they manage to convince the Milan side to do business and his wealth of experience in Italian football will be an ideal fit for the Reds as they aim to mount a title challenge next season.
The Valencia midfielder has been a constant presence in Marcelino García Toral’s side this season, notching up with 41 appearances across all competitions while finding the back of the net eight times and making 10 assists so far. The 29-year-old has been a consistent performer for the La Liga club for multiple seasons and has a lot of experience in Spanish football. Any potential move for the player will definitely boost Liverpool’s chances of securing a top-four spot in the upcoming campaigns.
The Atletico Madrid midfielder has enjoyed an outstanding season so far and has put in a number of eye-catching displays for the La Liga outfit this season. The 23-year-old midfield enforcer has made 53 appearances for the Madrid-based side and has found the back of the net 6 times while grabbing 5 assists in all competitions. At 23, he still has his peak years ahead of him which Jurgen Klopp’s team could look to utilise in the coming years.