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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3 Replies to “Explained: How Arsenal beat Tottenham to Dani Ceballos’ signature”

  • Having a loan player who’s heart and future is somewhere else is not the ideal situation. You cannot build your own team’s long term future success around gap-year students. Spurs wanted a permanent deal but Ceballos just wanted game time to keep his fitness up for his beloved Real Madrid. Won’t be Seeing him kiss the Arsenal badge anytime soon.

  • Looking at the current situation of Bale..What guarantees does Dani have that once his year is up at arsenal that Madrid will make him part of the plans for the first team when in fact now there’s a sellout for rebuilding a first team.. so it’s quite obvious now that he is not a first team player … very premature decision to join arsenal for a season long loan and with no option to buy… rather should have signed for spurs and been part of a rotation system that would have cemented a permanent position by raising his game and competing or position and be given four or five year deal

  • I don’t think they beat us here. We wanted a permanent deal, he and Madrid wanted a loan so he went to the gooners.

    I’m confident if we had offered a loaned deal we would have got him pretty easily.

    Things are not good at the gooners these days. No CL, they are skint, they can’t buy anyone of the top level. In the next few years we should over take them in revenues. If that happens they really are finished.

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