According to The Athletic, Vincent Kompany’s Burnley are closing in on an agreement to sign young Arsenal defender Dan Ballard on a permanent deal.
The Northern Irishman has been at Arsenal since he was just eight years old. He has come through the ranks at Hale End, and many people expected him to break into the senior setup at some point.
However, it looks like Ballard’s time as a Gunner is about to come to an end.
Burnley close to signing Dan Ballard from Arsenal
The report claims that the Clarets, who suffered relegation from the Premier League last month, are now in advanced talks with Arsenal to sign Ballard.
It has been claimed that their new manager, Kompany, played a key role in convincing the talented 22-year-old centre-half to leave Arsenal and join Turf Moor in the coming days.
The report further claims that the deal is now in its final stages and Ballard has already been scheduled to undergo a medical test ahead of his permanent move.
After 14 long years on Arsenal’s books, it looks like it’s time for young Ballard to say goodbye.
Edu’s adding a special clause
Arsenal have often let talented young players leave the club for next to nothing and they’ve gone on to become real stars. Serge Gnabry is one such player that springs to mind, and Ballard, branded as ‘outstanding’ by Neil Critchley, could well do the same.
Thankfully now, the Gunners seem to have learned their lesson.
The report claims that Edu has inserted a clause in the deal that will give Arsenal the right to match future bids from prospective buyers. That gives us a chance to bring him back if he goes on to fulfil his potential and become a huge star in the coming years.
It’s a shame that Arsenal are letting Ballard go, but with Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, Rob Holding and now William Saliba at the helm, the youngster was never going to get a chance anytime soon.
That makes a move away the best thing for all parties involved.