The Liverpool fans are feeling confident in the Transfer Tavern ahead of a season-defining few weeks for the club which will determine both their league position and their ambitions of lifting silverware in Europe.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have been in brilliant form since the turn of the year, but their place in the top-four is far from certain at this moment in time. Liverpool currently sit in 3rd place, 7 points clear of 5th place Chelsea, albeit with a game in hand on their top-four rivals. Their main objective for the season is undoubtedly to finish inside the top-four, but everybody involved with the club will also be hoping the recent upturn in form will enable them to lift their 6th ever European cup this season.
There is still plenty for Liverpool to play for this season, but that is not preventing them from turning their attention towards the summer transfer window to identify their transfer targets to pursue. According to Mundo Deportivo (Via talkSPORT), Liverpool are interested in signing Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos this summer. The same report claims that Los Blancos have granted Ceballos permission to leave the club in the summer, and if that proves to be true then The Reds should do everything they can to sign him in the summer.
Ceballos (valued at £10.8 million by Transfermarkt) is a creative midfielder with bags of potential to thrive in European football. The 21-year-old has been on fire for the Spanish U21 side in recent months and was deservedly handed the captains armband last time out against the Northern Ireland U21 team. However, he has not enjoyed much success with Real Madrid since he moved from Real Betis last summer, as he has only featured in the starting eleven on 2 occasions in La Liga all season.
Despite this, Liverpool should bring him to Anfield and provide him with the opportunities he needs and deserves to reach his full potential. The arrival of Ceballos would provide the club with a fresh dynamic in the centre of midfield, but the added competition could force Georginio Wijnaldum out of the exit door.
Wijanldum has featured consistently in the first-team throughout the season so far, but the arrival of Naby Keita and Dani Ceballos would significantly intensify competition for first-team places in midfield. In comparison to the rest of Klopp’s midfield options, Wijnaldum stands out as the weakest player, so if Ceballos arrives at the club it’s perfectly plausible that he will be the player to make way for the new recruit.
Whether Emre Can remains at the club is also a factor to consider, but regardless of whether the German international decides to extend his contract or not, the arrival of both Ceballos and Keita would almost certainly leave Wijnaldum surplus to requirements next season.