Dani at the Double
Spurs have finally been active in the early stages of a summer transfer window but, if the rumours are to be believed, their spending is far from over. Jack Clarke and Tanguy Ndombele have already signed on at the new White Hart Lane but, while speculation over certain names continues, we can be fairly certain that the action is far from over.
Once again, the focus is mainly on midfield and a familiar club is central to plans moving forward.
The question of Christian Eriksen’s future at Tottenham has been called into question again. Once the 2018/19 season had drawn to a close, it seemed as though the Dane was holding out for a switch to Real Madrid but, with the Spanish side having already snapped up Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, their interest was either waning or hadn’t been in evidence in the first place.
In time, it was suggested that Spurs were interested in Real’s midfielder Dani Ceballos and suddenly, the interest in Eriksen was back on. Would our current midfielder be central to any deal that would take Ceballos back the other way?
In terms of attacking intent, this doesn’t seem to be a straight swap. Those who are critical of Eriksen’s input and suggest that stats are masking the end product would be happy to see him leave but Ceballos certainly would not be replicating the Dane’s goals and assists.
Dani made his professional debut for Real Betis in 2014 at the age of just 18. Since then, he’s played in 165 matches for the two ‘Reals’ scoring 12 times. Ceballos has also been called up to the full Spanish squad where he has made six appearances, scoring once.
While scoring may not be his main job, this doesn’t back up the theory that he is a direct replacement for Christian Eriksen. If Madrid are looking to deal, they may find that Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy is taking a typical hardball approach as he looks for the Spanish outfit to meet his valuation of 100 million Euros.
Dani Number Two
The Ceballos story rumbles on for now but there is also talk of a second ‘Dani’ heading to the correct half of North London. Dani Olmo is his name and he’s an under 21 Spanish international currently playing for Dinamo Zagreb.
This report originally appeared at the beginning of July but it’s resurfacing and rumbling on as the week progresses. Although one story suggests that the two clubs had reached an agreement, this seems less likely to go through although it’s worth running the rule over any link.
The fee is said to be in the region of 25 million Euros and reports also claim that Spurs are battling it out with Liverpool and Manchester United for the player’s signature. Dani Olmo is 21 years old and can play as a central attacking midfielder or out on the wing. He began his career in Barcelona’s youth academy before making the switch to Zagreb in 2014.
Olmo’s professional debut came in February 2015 at the age of just 16 and while we can argue about the standard of the league in Croatia, that fact does tend to suggest that we are talking about a precocious talent. Dani finished that 2015/16 season with 15 appearances and the one goal.
In the three years that have followed, the player has taken that record up to 29 goals from 127 overall appearances. The more we read through, the more it seems that we may just have a Spanish version of Jack Clarke on our hands. Once again, we’d say that this seems the least likely of the two Danis but we await any developments with interest.