Real Madrid have confirmed that Dani Ceballos has suffered a significant ankle injury ahead of the start of the new season.
The Spaniard spent the last two seasons on loan at the Emirates. He had an impressive end to his first campaign, but failed to deliver last term. Arsenal decided against signing him on a permanent deal, but we’re still keen to sign Ceballos’ good pal Martin Odegaard.
The Norwegian, labelled as a ‘top player‘ by Unai Emery, was our priority target at the start of this summer’s transfer window. Plenty of other names are reportedly on to the list now, but our interest in the Real Madrid man is still there, but our dream of signing him could’ve been crushed now.
Injury to Dani Ceballos could block Odegaard’s move to Arsenal
A statement from Real Madrid on their official website confirmed that Ceballos has suffered ‘a complete tear in his anterior talofibular and calcaneofibular ankle ligaments’. We’re no doctors, but that doesn’t sound like a minor injury.
Before the Spaniard’s injury was disclosed, unconfirmed rumours on social media led Arsenal fans to believe that Odegaard will be sold by Real Madrid and Ceballos was set to stay at the Bernabeu for next season.
However, with the 25-year-old now set to spend a while on the sidelines, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Real Madrid close the door on Odegaard leaving the Spanish capital in this summer’s transfer window.
The Insider’s View:
It really is ironic that an injury to a former Arsenal player could ruin the Gunners’ hopes of signing one of our top targets. Sadly, there’s nothing we can do except wish Ceballos a speedy recovery.
As for our problems in attacking midfield, Arsenal need to step up now. James Maddison and Odegaard have been our top targets this summer, but with the latter potentially not an option anymore, we have to go all out to sign the Leicester City man.
The new Premier League season is only a couple of days away and Emile Smith Rowe is our only reliable option in the number 10 role. That has to change very quickly, and hopefully, Edu and Arteta will now table an official offer to bring Maddison to the Emirates.