Tottenham Target Dani Ceballos After Putting Giovani Lo Celso Negotiations on Hold

​Tottenham Hotspur have put negotiations with Real Betis over midfielder Giovani Lo Celso on hold after failing to reach an agreement over a fee.

The 23-year-old has been one of Spurs’ top transfer targets this summer but, after sealing the signing of ​Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon for €70m, Mauricio Pochettino is eager to avoid spending so heavily once again.

According to ​Sky Sports, ​Spurs have decided to end negotiations for now, although that could change if ​Christian Eriksen ends up leaving the club this summer.

Lo Celso has an £88m release clause in his contract, but it is thought that Betis would be prepared to accept closer to £70m for the Argentine. However, given the expensive signings of both Ndombele and Jack Clarke, Spurs have pushed for a lower fee and have ultimately been unsuccessful.

As a result, Spurs have begun to look for alternatives, and AS (via ​Sport Witness) claim that Dani Ceballos of ​Real Madrid is their next target.

Dani Ceballos

Ceballos has been heavily linked with a move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium all summer, but it is believed that they have now opened negotiations with Los Blancos to try and strike a deal.

The 22-year-old has recently spoken of his ​desire to play regular football, hinting that a move away from Real may be the best option. The plan is for Ceballos to leave on loan, and AS state that Spurs have agreed to such a deal.

Whilst Real don’t want him to leave permanently, Spurs are said to be confident they could strike a deal to sign Ceballos on a long-term contract next summer, when he could become the club’s marquee signing.

The midfielder started just 13 ​La Liga games last season as he struggled to displace the likes of ​Luka Modric and ​Toni Kroos in the starting lineup. Real have also been tipped to land either Eriksen or ​Paul Pogba, and signing either could push Ceballos closer to the exit door.