According to a report from Sport, Real Madrid are now open to selling Dani Ceballos to Arsenal in the summer transfer window.
The Spanish midfielder is currently in his second season at the Emirates and he has been a quality addition. He hasn’t taken the league by storm or anything, but he has done his job well and he would be a quality signing on a permanent deal.
The report claims that Zinedine Zidane doesn’t quite rate him. He has no interest in giving Ceballos a prominent role at the Spanish capital and Real Madrid want to cash-in on him before his value plummets.
The Galacticos are reportedly willing to sell him for £22 million this summer. Mikel Arteta is clearly a big fan of Ceballos and our lack of cover in the middle of our park might tempt him to make a move at the end of this season.
Should Arsenal sign Ceballos permanently?
At just £22 million, it really is a no-brainer. Ceballos was brilliant for us at the end of last season and he has shown he can hold his own against the bigger sides in the Premier League.
On the midfield front, Arsenal are desperately short as well. Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey are our first-choice starters, but apart from them, there really aren’t many options for Arteta.
Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi will return from loan but they will likely be moved on permanently. Joe Willock is another interesting situation but his recent comments hint he might be open to another loan deal.
Arsenal will have to invest in a new midfielder this summer and Ceballos is a very good option. He is still only 24 and he arguably offers better balance to our midfield than anyone we have in our squad apart from Partey.
If the price really is around £22 million, Arsenal should be all over that deal. We won’t find a better player for that little money in the market and the fact that he is already settled at the Emirates makes him the best option – unless we are ready to splash two or three times that fee for someone like Nicolo Barella.