Dani Ceballos is a very interesting player. The midfielder is 22-years-old and after another unimpressive season at Real Madrid, he could be on his way out of Santiago Bernabeu. The Spaniard has signed with Madrid two years ago, following a move from his boyhood club Real Betis, but those two seasons were not great. He was brought in as a player that could be heir to some of the players from the old guard, but right now, it looks like his time at the club could be over.
His role at Real Madrid was not a big one and it was further diminished with the return of Zinedine Zidane this spring. Ceballos played even less than before and with an overhaul set to kick in at Real Madrid this summer, Ceballos could be their way of raising a bit more money for the planned signings. Reportedly, Real Betis would be interested in getting their former player back and this is where Manchester United should come in.
Real Madrid signed him two years ago for around 15 million pounds and now that price could be similar, if slightly higher. But that should not be a problem for United to pay and they would be getting a really talented central midfielder, who would fit in the mold of most modern European clubs. He is very technical and he could improve Man United’s midfield. It is not a big gamble to get him and slowly improve him with more and more playing time.
We talked before about Youcef Atal, but here we are talking about him once again. We believe in him. The Algerian is 23 years old and his primary position is right back. However, throughout the course of the season at OGC Nice, Atal also played as a right-wingback, right midfielder and even right winger. Those are all positions where United need help and improvements and Atal could be a versatile player able to help out.
However, he should primarily be United’s option for right-back, where his stamina and speed are very valuable, but also his comfortableness in possession. Nice bought him last summer from Kortrijk for less than three million pounds. Atal’s price definitely rose higher than that after a great season with six goals and Man United should look closely at him and try to get him, especially if some other options do not work out.
This one would be the toughest one to get, at least right now, but United should keep their tabs on the German. Julian Brandt is 23 years old and plays as a central midfielder for Bayer Leverkusen. He scored seven goals and assisted 11 in Bundesliga this season, as Leverkusen fought their way to Champions League qualification in a dramatic fashion.
Despite his team set to play in Champions League, Brandt is expected to move to a bigger club this summer. His reported release clause is 22 million pounds and for some clubs he might be even worth twice that. And that is the problem – while United would easily meet the release clause, they cannot entice him with playing in Champions League, like Liverpool and Tottenham are reportedly trying to do. They are the favourites for his signature, along with Borussia Dortmund.