Martin Odegaard’s arrival has made a few Arsenal fans completely forget about another Real Madrid loanee – Dani Ceballos.
The Spaniard is in his second year on loan at the Emirates and to be fair to him, he has mostly been excellent for us – especially under Mikel Arteta.
However, three costly errors in back to back games has left some Arsenal fans questioning Ceballos’ quality. The same supporters who wanted him on a permanent deal are now debating whether it would actually be a good move.
It’s not just the Arsenal fans who have different opinions about Ceballos. People over at Real Madrid are also involved in heated debates about the Spaniard’s future when his loan spell at the Emirates ends this summer.
Defensa Central have claimed that the Galacticos board genuinely believe that Ceballos is the right man to replace Isco at the Bernabeu next season.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, however, is of the completely different opinion as he reportedly does not believe that the 24-year-old is good enough to stake a claim in his first-team next term.
Should Arsenal sign Ceballos permanently?
If recent performances are anything to go by, the answer would be no. However, there are multiple reasons why a permanent deal for Ceballos would be a very good piece of business by Arsenal.
Firstly, Arsenal will only have Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey in central midfield next season. Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ futures are up in the air, while Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi are widely expected to be sold by Arteta.
That increases the need for another midfielder and Ceballos is a good option. He was one of our best players in our road to winning the FA Cup last season, and he has shown more than once that he is good enough to perform at the top-level in the Premier League.
Secondly, a quality replacement for Ceballos will cost a lot of money. Arsenal will have to use our funds smartly as we aren’t expected to be in a great financial position this summer.
La Razon reported last month that Arsenal can secure a permanent deal for Ceballos for just £22 million. That could further come down this summer as Zidane does not fancy him, which makes it a very sensible move for Arsenal to pursue.
Unless Stan Kroenke wakes up tomorrow and agrees to offer a transfer war chest to Arteta, signing Ceballos on a permanent deal would not be a bad idea.