In an article detailing the potential departures from Real Madrid this summer, Marca say that Arsenal are ready to make a bid to turn Dani Ceballos’ loan deal into a permanent one.
Having dispelled a ‘period of doubt’ that Mikel Arteta had about the midfielder, he’s looking to retain his services, but faces competition from Valencia and Real Betis as the Spanish giants seek a fee believed to be in the region of €25m.
What happens with Zinedine Zidane will apparently play a major part: if he stays as head coach, which seems likely, Ceballos will seek to leave as the two have no working relationship to speak of.
The 23 year old began his career at Real Betis, before moving to Madrid in 2017 for a fee of €18m. Whether the Seville-based club can afford the transfer fee to bring him back remains to be seen, while Valencia too may struggle given the recent imposition of rules in Spain which prohibit betting companies involvement as club sponsors (their current shirt sponsor is bwin).
Of course Arsenal too may have issues with funds, facing the prospect of a season without European football for the first time in 25 years. However, it hasn’t prevented Mikel Arteta urging the ownership to take a ‘risk’ in the market to try and bridge the gap to the Champions League places.
“You are not in the Champions League and because you are not in the Champions League, you say, ‘Okay, I don’t invest because I don’t have the financial ability to do it’,” said Arteta ahead of tonight’s Premier League clash with Liverpool.
“But the other clubs invest and then the gap becomes bigger. If I do want to invest and [take the] risk and then I don’t reach it, what happens?
“That’s the mistake.”
Ceballos has impressed of late after an indifferent spell in his loan move. He did suffer a bad injury though, and convinced the manager he was worthy of a place in the side after ‘training like an animal‘.
He has made 32 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring twice and providing two assists.