The capital club paid a reported €18 million for the capture of the midfielder named Player of the Tournament in the European Under-21 Championship with Spain this summer. It is not easy to replace one of your best players.
And the 20-year-old says he is hungry for success at the La Liga and Champions League titleholders and is fully deserving of the opportunity. This particular signing would perhaps make the most sense, given that Keylor Navas is probably the team's weakest link, if there is one, and Perez has wanted De Gea for a while.
So far, the moves that have been made hint at a more holistic approach to transfers.
'I come with great motivation and with the two things that have brought me here: humility and hard work. "We're starting from scratch; we must set the tone [at the start of the campaign] and aspire to win all potential trophies".
Ceballos will officially be unveiled as a Los Blancos player next week, but he's penned a message to the club's supporters on social media in which he's expressed his hunger at winning silverware at the Santiago Bernabeu.