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Rumour Mill: Liverpool “monitoring” Real Betis midfielder Dani Ceballos

Liverpool could be set to add another midfielder to their ranks this summer, reports claim, with Real Betis midfielder Dani Ceballos a target.

Liverpool are “monitoring” Real Betis’ Spanish Under-21 international midfielder Dani Ceballos, according to reports.

Simon Jones of the Mail suggests that the Reds could move for the £8 million-rated man.

“He has just 12 months left on his current contract and has a buyout clause set at £8 million,” Jones writes.

“However, if he sees out the final year he could leave for minimal compensation and can sign a pre-contract agreement with Liverpool in January.

“Liverpool, Roma and Real Madrid are all aware of his situation.”

Ceballos made 33 appearances for Betis in 2014/15, scoring five goals and making five assists, helping them to a first-placed finish and promotion from the Segunda Division to La Liga.

A right-footed creative midfielder, Ceballos has been tipped for a big future in the Spanish national team.

Last month, Spanish publication Marca described the 19-year-old as “one of the sensations of the second division.”

The versatile midfielder, who is equally at home in a holding role, on the left side of a midfield three/five or even as a playmaker, was instrumental in Betis’s run to promotion, making 33 league appearances.

As well as his positional nous, he also showed off his eye for a killer pass – notching up five assists – and his ability to ghost into the box from deep, scoring five goals.

Ceballos is unlikely to walk straight into the Liverpool first team, with James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Emre Can all emerging as key players within Brendan Rodgers’ midfield.

But the star from Andalusia could be a shrewd signing by the Reds.