Why Arsenal should sign Dani Ceballos permanently from Real Madrid
The Gunners signed Dani Ceballos on loan for the 2019-20 term from Real Madrid, after he was deemed surplus to requirements under Zinedine Zidane. It is believed the on-loan midfielder wants to stick around in North London having finally found first-team football away from Madrid.
Arsenal want to sign the Spaniard permanently and proposed a £26m deal, but Madrid president Florentino Perez rejected that figure. The La Liga giants want a minimum of £30m for Ceballos, whose price tag could increase if he continues to impress at the Emirates, the report adds.
That being said, should Arsenal pay the extra £4m Madrid are asking for letting go of Ceballos? Without any second thoughts, the Gunners should do it and sign the Spaniard permanently.
Ceballos has already notched up 12 first-team appearances for Unai Emery’s side this campaign having started just 17 La Liga matches across the past two seasons combined at Madrid.
Since exciting Arsenal fans with a pair of assists in his first Premier League start against Burnley, he has only contributed one goal in ten games, however.
The Gunners needed a replacement for Aaron Ramsey, who had left the club for Juventus on a free transfer at the end of last season.
Ramsey was one of the experienced players under Emery, someone who worked tirelessly off the ball, competed till the final whistle of the game and scored important goals to win games single-handedly.
In Ceballos, Arsenal may have not got an ideal replacement for the Wales international but the 23-year-old is a quality technician of his own and arrived at the club after helping Spain’s U21s win the European Championships.
The former Real Betis ace has settled in very quickly at the Emirates, impressing with his passing ability, movement and vision.
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The 23-year-old has brought freshness, energy and creative spark to the Arsenal midfield which looked pedestrian and one-paced in the second half of last season.
Even so, it’s early days in the Spaniard’s Arsenal career, and he’s already showcased enough quality to suggest he would be value for money for a fee in the region of £30m.
Getting Ceballos firing will be key to finding some consistency and his continued presence will be vital to the team’s chances of a top-four finish come May. Hence, signing the Spanish international permanently stands as an absolute no-brainer for the North London giants.