Ceballos has agreed to join Arsenal on a season-long loan and expected to finalize the terms of the agreement with Real Madrid in the coming hours, sources close to the negotiation told ESPN FC.
Tottenham Hotspur, Sevilla and AC Milan also tried to sign the midfielder but different sources told SHIKO-LIVE that Emery has been decisive in Ceballos accepting Arsenal’s proposal even though they won’t participate in the Champions League this season.
Another key factor in Ceballos decision was Arsenal’s flexibility to accept a loan deal without an option to buy as opposed to Spurs’ insistence on a permanent deal being an eventual feature of any deal they made. Dany desire was only to leave on loan as he still wants to succeed at Madrid, even though he is aware he does not feature in Zidane’s plans.
Ceballos has failed to establish himself at Real Madrid, but club sources trust that this loan will help him to earn “regular time” and prove why Real Madrid “made a big gamble” on him in the summer of 2017.
The 22-year-old caught the attention of Milan, Tottenham, Sevilla and Arsenal after helping Spain win the European Under-21 Championship earlier in the summer.
Ceballos wanted to leave on loan to find regular playing time and decided the Premier League was the best place to continue his development.
Tottenham looked the favorites but sources close to Unai Emery said he has been “key” in the decision as the Arsenal manager is ready to “to give him regular game time to prove his worth” and to “give him freedom to shape the game in the midfield.”