Over the last few weeks there have been a number of reports linking Arsenal with a loan move for Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos.
The central midfielder is currently away with Spain at the European U21 Championships, but given the transfer business done by the Bernebeu giants, he is apparently not in Zinedine Zidane’s plans for next season.
However, they don’t want to sell him just yet, so see a loan move as an ideal solution for the upcoming campaign.
Cope.es say that he is of interest to both Arsenal and Sp*rs, while Marca suggest Liverpool are keeping tabs on 22 year old also.
Given our financial situation, and the very real need to bring in a central midfielder following the departure of Aaron Ramsey – not to mention the fact that three of our four senior players in that position have been away on summer international duty, Ceballos on loan would make some sense.
It fills the squad without having to pay a huge transfer fee – although a loan fee would apply (Denis Suarez cost £3.5m for his 6 month spell on the sidelines) – and should it work out we could potentially negotiate a permanent deal next year.
It will be interesting to see if Arsenal do use the loan market to bolster the squad this summer. If the reports of an increased deal for Wilfried Zaha are correct, that will further eat into our budget, so there won’t be much money to splash around on other positions which really have to be addressed before the season starts.
This might well be one to keep an eye on.