Who is Dani Ceballos? Spain’s revelation at the European Under-21 Championship’s

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Spain beat Italy 3-1 to secure a place in the final of the Under-21 Championships on Tuesday evening.

Saúl Ñíguez’s sensational hatrick secure their place in the final round, but the spotlight was on one man, Real Betis midfielder Dani Ceballos, writes Sam May.

Ceballos, 20, has been attracting interest from clubs for a number of years and watching last night’s performance you could see why. The youngster was released by Sevilla 13 years-ago, having suffered bronchitis at the time.

Utrera later gave Cabellos a lifeline and he later joined Sevilla’s rivals Real Betis. He was given his first-team debut at 17-years-old. In August 2015, Liverpool, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Napoli were all interested in his signature.

Now, it is understood Real Madrid are interested in his signature and are prepared to meet his €15 million release clause and let him stay at his current club for the 2018-19 season.

Saúl made the headlines, but it was Cabellos who ran the show throughout, captivated the crowed and puzzled the Italians throughout. Spanish newspaper, Marca claimed: “three goals and a great performance from Ceballos” that had earned La Rojita their well deserved place in the final.

He showed he has the vision and the intelligence to drop his shoulder, having assisted Saúl for his opener – with a perfectly waited pass. Two areas were he showed class were when he nutmeged Roberto Gagliardini, with the Italian receiving a second yellow card after cropping Ceballos.

His run from the half way line moments later, also embarrassed the Italian players having gone past three effortlessly. After his performance in Kraków, Cabellos was linked with a move to Real Madrid and the player himself played this down, claiming he has three years left on his current Betis contract.

He wont be replacing Andres Iniesta as Barcelona’s No.8 despite praising Lionel Messi and former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola. But he could be Bernabeu bound before you know it. He will continue to impress and could be playing in the white of Los Blancos in the not too distant future.

Corentin Tolliso: Bayern Munich’s new Frenchman ready to take the Bundesliga by storm

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The 22-year-old has broken Bayern Munich’s transfer record and is the one to watch out net season, writes Sam May.

Tolliso becomes the most expensive transfer in Bundesliga history after swapping hometown club Lyon for the Allianz Arena in a €41.5 million deal. Many clubs were interested in his signature and he was always going to seek a move away from the South of France this summer.

He was previously a target for both Napoli and Juventus, who had both expressed interest in the midfielder in previous transfer windows. He will be announced as Bayer Munich player on 1 July.

It was clear that Carlo Anchelotti’s side needed a player who was young and dynamic and that is what they are getting. Arturo Vidal, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry all in their 30s, and Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso are enjoying retirement.

As a 13-year-old, the Frenchman joined the Lyon Academy, having been with the club for 10 years previously. He has now become the biggest transfer fee, his former club has ever received. Despite not making a huge impact for France U21s during their 2015 European Championship campaign.

He impressed for Lyon and earned the captaincy for a couple of qualifiers for the U21s, but his team failed to qualify for the tournament. Tolisso made his Lyon debut in 2013 in a 4-0 victory over Nice and was used as a right back under former manager Rémi Garde. After Garde’s departure, the player was moved in centre midfield.

In 2015, Tolisso was instrumental in the middle, providing the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fékir to score goals and help his side to become one of the best Ligue 1 sides, only just loosing out to the title. Tolliso netted seven times during the campaign.

The following season saw Lyon eliminated from the Champions League, finish bottom of their group. Tolisso picked up a thigh injury and was used in a more orthodox 4-3-3 in a defensive midfield role.

He is in the air, but lacks the upper-body strength and physicality needed to operate effectively in a midfield duo and sometimes dwindled in this deeper role. Tolisso has previously featured as a right-sided wing-back, a second striker and a No10. He did score 14 goals during the 2016-17 campaign.

Last season, he played a pivotal role in his side. He was given the captains armband when Maxime Gonalons was suspended and Tolisso helped his side to a whisker of reaching the Europa League final, only loosing out to Ajax. He made his senior France debut against Spain last March.

He will take the Bundesliga by storm next season and he has become a remarkable talent in the past few seasons. The spotlight has been primarily on Kylian Mbappé and Oussama Dembélé – but its time to turn your attentions to Corentin Tolliso.

Who is Henry Onyekuru?

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A number of clubs have expressed interest in Henry Onyekuru, and the player looks destined for a move away from Belgium this summer.

Who is he? Sam May gives you the rundown of all you need to know about the player…

 

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Name: Henry Onyekuru

Born: Onitsha, Nigeria

Position: Forward

Club: KAS Eupen

International identification: Made his first-call up on May 22 for Nigeria

 

How good is the player?

The 19-year-old had an impressive in the Juniper Pro League, last season. Onyekuru scored 10 goals in 10 games, ending the campaign on a high and alerting a number of teams in the Premier League.

Despite scoring 12 goals throughout the campaign, he missed out on the ‘Golden Bull’ to RSC Anderlecht striker Łukasz Teodorczyk, who scored more away goals than the teenager.

He scored a stunning 24 goals in 41 games and of somebody of such a young age, proves he has what it takes to make the step up. The player also scored twice in the Belgium Cup.

Onyekuru put the frustrations of 2015-16 behind him and kicked-on, scoring six goals and helping Eupen en route to promotion to the top tier. He was a candidate for Belgium’s Young Player of the Year, but lost out to winner Youri Tielemans and fell short of second place to Landry Dimata of Oostende.

 

Who did he come about?

The Nigerian moved from his homeland to Senegal in 2010 to join the Aspire Academy. The organisation is aimed at unearthing the next ‘footballing wonderkid’ and generation of talents from across a number of developing countries and is Qatari-based.

His current club Eupen have been a big part of the Academy over the years and have previously been owned by ASPIRE Zone Federation, which helps to nuture players, who are hopeful of following in the footsteps of Europe’s greatest, and have a dream of playing amongst Europe’s elite.

 

Who is interested in his services?

Liverpool, Celtic, RB Leipzig, Southampton, Everton, Arsenal, West Ham and Birmingham City have all expressed interest in Onyekuru. The Gunners however, have emerged as favourites for the strikers signature.

He was previously a target for both Club Brugge and Anderlecht, but the player himself has stated that his future lies in the Premier League and away from Belgium.

But we are yet to discover where he will by plying his trade next season.

Werder Bremen chairman Klaus Filbry criticises Serge Gnabry for leaving the club

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Gnabry, 21, has joined Bayern Munich and the Werder Bremen chairman, claims the player “opted for the easiest way”, writes Sam May.

The departure of the Germany international has left Filbry disappointed, with the player activating an exit clause in the contract.

Gnabry joined Alexander Nouri‘s side from Arsenal, and impressed in the Bundesliga last season despite missing part of the campaign. He had an impressive campaign scoring 11 goals from 27 games, which brought him to the attention of the Bundesliga champions.

”I would have hoped for some more perseverance from Serge,” Filbry told Werderstube. “Maybe he opted for the easiest way. I think it’s a pity, but I wish him all the best.

“I was hoping that he could imagine a longer stay at Bremen — and the talks we had also suggested that was an option.”

“He did not really get going again after his injury. Maybe that made him change his mind,” Filbry said. “The decision made by the coach [to drop Gnabry] were absolutely understandable. We were successful and won.”

It is understood Bremen will not make a profit from Gnabry, who was who was top scorer at the Rio Olympics last summer. They will however replacement in mind ahead of next season.

“He did not really get going again after his injury. Maybe that made him change his mind,” Filbry said. “The decision made by the coach [to drop Gnabry] were absolutely understandable. We were successful and won.”

The move will go through on July 1, and Gnabry will be up against the likes of Arjen Robben, Douglas Costa and exciting French prospect Kingsley Coman, but will be an extra option for Carlo Ancelotti.

What next for Liverpool’s Tom Brewitt?

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Defender will be released after 10 years with the club, but what next for the 20-year-old? Sam May takes a look.

Liverpool-born Brewitt is out of contract at the end of the month, and will not be retained by the Reds. He will now be seeking a new club as he looks to forge a career in the Football League.

The former England youth international posted on his Instagram page: “Time to announce that I’ll be leaving LFC after 10 years. From joining as a 10 year old I have had countless unforgettable experiences making lot of special memories and some real friends in both players and coaches along the way.

“My goal when I joined was and always will be to play at the highest level whatever path that takes me down. Now it’s time to take the next step, into my senior career. Hopefully one day I’ll be back.”

Brewitt, who previously captained Liverpool’s Under-18s, made three appearances at Premier League 2 level this term.

A team in the Championship, League One or Two will no doubt be running the rule of the scouser. Last season, Port Vale were interested in Brewitt’s signature and may return for the centre back on a permanent deal.

Former Villains manager Bruno Ribeiro secured the services of Reds defender Sam Hart on-loan last season, but a move for Brewitt could be unlikely following the managers departure last Christmas.

Chesterfield have also previously been linked with a move, but it remains unclear whether they will consider the player once more.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have confirmed Adam Phillips will also leave the club, following a number of injuries that has hampered his career. The 19-year-old midfielder who part of the pre-season tour of the USA in 2014.