The Evening Standard published a piece today about Dani Ceballos’ future once his loan spell at Arsenal comes to an end.
The Real Madrid man will soon complete two years at the Emirates.
He was absolutely incredible in the second half of last season for us, but he has had his lows at Arsenal as well – most notably, his error against Olympiacos last month.
It is safe to say at this point that the Spaniard has no future at Real Madrid. The Galacticos will try to move him on this summer, but their alleged asking price isn’t anywhere near what Arsenal would like to pay.
The report claims that Zinedine Zidane’s side wanted £30 million for the midfielder last year.
He is not worth that amount, but it is claimed that the Gunners would be tempted to sign him if that asking price is slashed by 50 per cent.
The Insider’s View:
£15 million for Ceballos seems like a fair price in today’s market. The Spaniard will not be our first-choice starter next season, but there aren’t many midfielders on the market who can do as well as him at that price.
Ceballos played a huge part in our FA Cup triumph last season. When he is in good form, he is an exceptional player, and although that isn’t the case when he’s going through a bad patch, he is still a very useful player to have.
If Real Madrid will accept a bid in the region of £15 million for Ceballos, it is a no-brainer. We should look to sign him in the summer, but whether the Spaniard would settle for a squad player role next season is a whole different story.