Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos on a season-long loan.
Ceballos, who had also been linked with Tottenham, will wear the number eight for Arsenal after the shirt was vacated by Aaron Ramsey.
The 22-year-old struggled for regular minutes last season, making 13 starts for Real under three different managers.
Reports suggest Ceballos still believes he can make it at the Bernabeu, hence his decision to only leave on loan rather than permanently.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, Gunners boss Unai Emery expressed his delight at capturing Ceballos.
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“We’re excited to see Dani join us,” Emery said. “He is a talented player with big technical ability, creativity and precision.”
Madrid signed the Spaniard from Real Betis in the summer of 2017 after he emerged as one of La Liga’s brightest young talents.
He starred for Spain at the Under-21 European Championships earlier this summer, scoring twice. Ceballos was named player of the tournament in the 2017 edition of the competition.
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Despite recently featuring for the Under-21s, Ceballos is a full Spain international having made six appearances for the senior side, scoring once.
Ceballos could play his first minutes for Arsenal in the Emirates Cup this weekend. His competitive debut is likely to come against Newcastle United in the Premier League next month.
Arsenal’s summer transfer business so far: Five key things to know…
- Ceballos becomes Arsenal’s second signing after the arrival of Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli.
- The Londoners are also reportedly chasing Wilfried Zaha and Kieran Tierney.
- It is believed Arsenal’s initial offer for Zaha fell way short of Palace’s valuation.
- The structure of the fee for Tierney is apparently holding up a deal for the Celtic defender.
- French starlet William Saliba is expected to arrive from Saint-Etienne but will return to the French club on loan.