Unai Emery has all but confirmed the deal to sign Dani Ceballos on loan, talking up the qualities of his compatriot and outlining where he sees him fitting into the team.
It’s being widely reported that Arsenal have struck a deal with Real Madrid for the midfielder, and he’s expected to travel to London to undergo the formalities of finalising the the season long loan deal.
Speaking from the US this evening, Emery said, “We were speaking about the possibility to sign one player for loan. We had different names. The club was working on that.
“Ceballos is a very good player. I know him from Real Betis at the beginning and Real Madrid.
“He played very well in the Under-21s, his national team won the competition. He is an eight and ten player.”
With Arsenal looking for a replacement for Aaron Ramsey and someone to play away from home when Mesut Ozil can’t, the Spaniard looks like being a canny piece of business.
Although we will pay Madrid a loan fee, and the player’s wages for the season, it doesn’t eat too much into our meagre transfer funds, and will hopefully allow the club to spend money on a player we really need.
Like a really good central defender.
[quotes via @JamesBenge]