After the failed loan switch of Barcelona’s Denis Suarez and Arsenal’s decision not to trigger the option to buy that had been inserted in that deal, the Gunners closed the deal on similar terms with Real Madrid and brought in Dani Ceballos for 2019/20. The only difference is, that apparently at the request of the player himself, no such option has been included this time as the midfielder had plans to return to Madrid and fight for a place in the Santiago Bernabeu sun.
However, it seems that the situation has changed. Spanish outlet AS have reported that the relationship between Ceballos and Real head coach Zinedine Zidane has deteriorated severely; in fact, to such an extent that the 23-year-old has already held talks with club president Florentino Perez about a possible permanent departure.
However, Ceballos fears that the price Real will demand to let him go might put off suitors, including Arsenal. Apparently, they will want at least three times the sum they paid when they brought him in from Real Betis in 2017, which would amount to €42 million (around £38m).
It can hardly be said that Ceballos has become a regular member of the starting XI under Unai Emery, but his contribution to this team is already far bigger than that of Denis Suarez in the second half of last season. If he is happy in North London, and if he stays happy and works hard on improving and adjusting to the rigorous demands of the Premier League, he may succeed in convincing the club to part with that kind of money next summer and make him a full-time Arsenal player.
So, it seems that positive vibes between the club and the player must go both ways. It’s his part to make the club want him permanently, and it’s the task of the club and everyone affiliated to it to make him want to stay at the Emirates come summer.