According to a report from The Sun, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu are already working on summer transfer plans.
The Gunners are currently 10th in the league table, eight points behind fourth place Chelsea. A lot will depend on where we will end up at the end of this season, but there are two deals Arteta wants done as early as possible.
The report claims that the Arsenal boss wants to sign Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid and Maty Ryan from Brighton on permanent deals at the end of this season.
The former has been with us for over 18 months already. Ceballos is a quality midfielder and Arteta is clearly a big fan. He labelled him a ‘highly skilful player’ when we re-signed him last summer, and if everything goes our way, he will stay at the Emirates for a long time.
Ryan only joined us last month but he has had a big impact already. Arteta claimed that the Australian was ‘really good‘ against Aston Villa and heaped praise on his character. He urged him to keep pushing Bernd Leno and it looks like he’s doing just that.
Both Real Madrid and Brighton are expected to be open to letting their players leave permanently, and it is now down to Edu to fulfil his manager’s wishes.
Arsenal Insider’s view:
It really is a no-brainer, isn’t it?
Alex Runarsson is far away from being ready for the top-level. Arsenal cannot rely on him if Leno ever gets injured, which means that a move for a new goalkeeper is a massive priority.
Ryan, 28, has incredible experience at the top level and he is more than capable of holding his own whenever needed. Signing him permanently is the right move and Edu has to get it done this summer.
Ceballos, on the other hand, will be the expensive option. Sport revealed recently that Real Madrid are demanding a fee in the region of £22 million to sell him, and although it’s not a massive figure, a lot will depend on where we finish.
If the finances make a deal feasible, signing Ceballos is an easy decision. He is a fantastic midfielder and knows the Premier League well now. He is still only 24 as well, and he has all the qualities to reach the very top in a few years’ time.