According to El Nacional, Arsenal are “very attentive” to Dani Ceballos’ situation and are one of a number of clubs who could be tempted to sign him in January.
Ceballos spent two seasons on loan at the Emirates before returning to Real Madrid last summer with the aim of staking a claim for a regular starting place.
Unfortunately, things haven’t gone to plan for the 25-year-old who picked up a serious ankle injury playing for Spain at the Olympics in July and he hasn’t been able to kick a ball in anger since.
Back training with a ball, Ceballos is aware he has his work cut out persuading Carlo Ancelotti that he can provide serious competition for Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga and could look elsewhere for game time when the transfer window opens.
Obviously, much will depend on the player’s recovery in the coming weeks, but it’s said that former club Real Betis and Juventus are both potential options. The other is Arsenal.
Given, Mikel Arteta seemed happy enough to draw a line under Ceballos’ time as a Gooner, eyebrows would be raised if the Gunners did make a move.
At the same time, with Mo Elneny and Thomas Partey heading to the African Cup of Nations – possibly before the end of the year – you can see why recruiting a familiar face on loan as short-term cover could make sense. We’ll see…it’s probably a load of guff.
Ceballos’ deal at Real Madrid ends in the summer of 2023.