Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is trying to sign Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid this summer.
The 22-year-old is unlikely to feature in Zinedine Zidane’s plans this season, and the Spaniard is looking for at least one season away from the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ceballos has peaked the interest of fans after dropping a possible transfer hint about this future.
He was pictured next to a red telephone box, which are a common sight in London.
But, Spurs fans shouldn’t get too excited just yet, as the photo, which he uploaded onto his Instagram page, may not be exactly what it seems.
The Real Madrid midfielder was actually visiting Florida’s Universal Studios, and was pictured in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter section of the theme park.
Red telephone boxes aren’t uncommon in the area, as well as replica London roadsigns, and even a London bus.
While Ceballos isn’t in London right now, Spurs are still being linked with the hot prospect, and Pochettino is trying to get a deal done before the end of the transfer window.
The Spain Under-21 star would like to join Tottenham, but would prefer to move to north London on loan for the season.
He still hopes to force his way into Zidane’s plans, but appreciates that he may have to look elsewhere to get first-team football in the mean time.
But, Pochettino is unlikely to sanction a loan deal for Ceballos, unless it contains an option-to-buy clause.
The Spurs boss doesn’t want to halt the development of another player for someone that will only use the club as a stop-gap.
Real Madrid bought Ceballos from Real Betis in 2017, for around £16m (€18m).
He featured in the Under-21 European Championships’ Team of the Tournament, after Spain won the competition last month.
Speaking after the tournament, Ceballos admitted he’s open to a new challenge.
He said: “I think [Zinedine] Zidane will have seen the tournament, but we all know what he thinks.
“I would like to try out something new. Next year, my goal is to play 40 games and play in the Euros.”