Dani Ceballos has reportedly dropped a big hint that he could leave Real Madrid this summer permanently.
The midfielder joined the Gunners from Real on a season-long loan last year, and Arsenal reportedly have an option to turn the deal into a permanent one for around €40 million, which many believe they don’t have the finances to do at the moment. The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly caused a lot of clubs to change their plans regarding transfers, and it’s expected will be seeing a lot more loans and swap deals than outright contract purchases.
It has also been reported than any funds that may be put at the disposal of head coach Mikel Arteta for new signings this summer would have to come from player sales, while the club are still trying to work out what happens with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Looking at the Ceballos situation objectively, if Arsenal do decide they want to keep the Spaniard beyond this season, they are likely to wait for the current loan to expire and then try to negotiate fresh terms with Real, whether over a new loan or a permanent transfer, that would remain to be seen.
But for Ceballos himself, there’s another big aspect to consider. He is keen to play at the European championship and the Olympic Games, both set to be played next year. For that to be possible, he needs to be playing week-in week-out, which doesn’t look very likely if he goes back to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Speaking to Canal Sur, the 23-year-old said he would be prepared to seek the needed minutes elsewhere, if he isn’t a big part of Zinedine Zidane’s plans next term. He also said he was in a great shape prior to the games being stopped, and praised the impact of Arteta at Arsenal.
It seems Arsenal, low on funds though they may be, could make another season-long loan happen, if they try hard enough.