Another red hot installment of all the latest Arsenal transfer news and gossip from around the Interwebs.
The Algerian international used to be an Arsenal player, but having failed to make a breakthrough was sold to Empoli in August 2017.
He’s come into his own at the Italian club, and is currently impressing in the African Cup of Nations. AC Milan are reportedly very keen, and the club stand to make 30% of any transfer fee due to a sell-on clause.
However, it’s being reported that the 21 year old isn’t necessarily convinced by the lure of the San Siro, and both Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal are keen to swoop in and save him from the bald, useless clutches of Ivan Gazidis.
It sounds a bit speculative, to be honest, and it’s coming from one journalist on Twitter, so it’s hard to say, but we’re not convinced he’s a player we’re going back for – particularly when we’ve just promoted the likes of Joe Willock and Emile Smith Rowe to the first team squad.
Arsenal are in ‘pole position’ to sign the Spanish U21 international on loan from Real Madrid, even though Sp*rs are also said to be after him.
They don’t say why we have the edge though. The other lot can offer Champions League football, and also have a Spanish speaking coach and staff if that was a concern for the player.
Maybe Ceballos is very aware of The History of the Tottenham, and simply doesn’t want to be associated with such a catalogue of failure, but there’s little to suggest that we’re anywhere close to getting a deal done despite repeated links this summer.
Sky Sports are reporting that the ‘Zaha camp’ are concerned that we just don’t have the money to make a deal happen.
There are also reports that we’ve offered Mohamed Elneny, Calum Chambers and Carl Jenkinson plus cash to secure the services of the Ivorian, which sounds like a massive amount of nonsense to us. When has there ever been a deal involving three players and a transfer fee?
It’s as if someone has looked at the squad and players who are potentially dispensable, and just thrown it into the mix. Either way, with Palace holding out for bucket load of cash, this looks more and more unlikely to happen.
The midfielder has made it clear he wants out of Southampton, and Arsenal are supposedly keeping tabs on him. As an international teammate of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, we could well be an attractive destination for the former Marseille and Juventus man – and there’s little doubt our midfield needs strengthening.
He has Premier League experience, wouldn’t be too expensive, and Southampton seem willing to let him go, so it does tick a lot of boxes, but of course it depends on whether our interest is concrete or not.