Date: 23rd July 2019 at 10:00am
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Arsenal are nearing a move for Dani Ceballos after beating Tottenham to his signature. The 22-year-old will join on a season-long loan from Real Madrid and should fill the gap in midfield left by Aaron Ramsey. Spurs were in pole position to land Ceballos earlier this summer, so how did they lose out on him to Arsenal?

According to Liam Prenderville of the Mirror, Arsenal manager Unai Emery played a key role in convincing the Spaniard to come to the Emirates. Ceballos was guaranteed 40 appearances next season, something Zinedine Zidane couldn’t promise at Real or Pochettino at Tottenham.

According to AS, Real liked Arsenal’s proposal of a season-long loan without the option to buy, so they wouldn’t lose a talented player in 2020. After the midfielder shone during the u21 European Championships, Los Blancos believe Ceballos will have a bright future at the Santiago Bernabeu. Real were looking to sell him before the tournament.

It’s a blow for Tottenham, but Mauricio Pochettino should be pleased at the prospect of signing Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis. The London outfit have agreed a fee with Betis, leaving Lo Celso to travel to the English capital for a medical, so they can take some solace from that.

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