According to Marca, it’s looking unlikely that Dani Ceballos will wear an Arsenal shirt next season.
The Madrid-based publication claim (relayed by Sport Witness) the player has decided he’ll be better served playing his football in Spain next season and is open to a permanent move to Valencia.
The midfielder was pushing for a switch to the Mestalla in January but had a late change of heart when Mikel Arteta started giving him more game time.
There was talk when he joined on loan from Real Madrid that it could be a precursor to a permanent move. He certainly had us all hot under the collar following that August showing against Burnley.
However, having flirted with a Santi Cazorla to Denis Suarez range of performances over the last eleven months, he’s ended up being a tidy squad player but not the match-winner we craved. Granted, injuries haven’t helped his cause but there’s really very little to suggest we’d pay big cash to keep him this summer.
A one-year loan extension might be an option, but you can understand why the player might prefer to put down roots elsewhere.
In the very short-term, Arsenal are expected to confirm an agreement to extend his current deal past 30 June until the season ends. With Granit Xhaka injured last night, he may well get regular game time.
Hopefully being in the shop window will bring out the best in him.