Deal Close: Liverpool clear to sign La Liga No.24 midfield maestro

Just hours after rumours emerged linking Liverpool to Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski, news comes from talkSPORT that the playmaker Jurgen Klopp has his eye on is in fact Real Madrid ace Dani Ceballos.

Furthermore, the Spanish giants have reportedly told the 21-year-old that he can “join Liverpool this summer”. Ceballos only moved to the Bernabeu last year from Real Betis, in a move thought to be around £15m, but the youngster has struggled to make an impact with Real and “he is ready to move on”.

While it was reported at the start of the week that Liverpool were lining up a move for Polish playmaker Zielinski, talkSPORT says Spanish outlet Don Balon has it on good authority that Real will offload Ceballos to Liverpool “following a concrete bid”.

It’s not known how much the Reds bid but apparently the Spaniard has been told he can leave, and now all that remains is for Klopp and Ceballos to thrash out personal terms.

Meanwhile the Daily Express claims that the Reds are “willing to rival Barcelona for one of the Spanish side’s top summer targets”.

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The man in question is Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet, and apparently Liverpool will use some of the £142m made on Philippe Coutinho’s sale to the Catalan club in January to snap up the 22-year-old.

The French blocker has a £52m release clause in his contract, a sum that has reportedly cooled the interest of Real Madrid and Manchester United, but not Liverpool, who want to take revenge on Barcelona for luring Coutinho by landing Lenglet.

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