ESPN Soccernet is reporting that Harry Redknapp has made his first signing of the summer transfer period – 16-year-old attacking midfielder Cristian Ceballos.
Ceballos was a product of the famous La Masia youth academy, and became an internet sensation after a Youtube video was released of him juggling a football with Ronaldinho. But after numerous years with the Barcelona school, the wonderkid failed to impress, and was sent out on a free release.
This year, Chelsea gave Ceballos a trial, with the youngster training with both the Chelsea youth and first teams. But a deal reportedly could not be agreed to for the 16-year-old, and Tottenham have swooped to get the starlet, who could be the next Cesc Fabregas.
A source close to the player told ESPN Soccernet said, “The boy captained Barca's Under-17's and here we have a proper player, potentially one of the greats if he develops as people think he might.
"He went to Chelsea for two weeks and trained for three days with the first-team before a Champions League game such was the impression he made, but for some strange reason no one seemed to make a decision about him.
"Now, he has signed a three-year contract with Spurs and Harry Redknapp has a player who will be in his first-team within a year."