This summer has been a bit a slow burner for Arsenal’s transfer dealing, but as we approach 37°C on Thursday, things are hotting up.
Last night we had the breaking news that Arsenal have reached an agreement to sign Real Madrid and Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos on loan for the 2019-20 campaign.
Ceballos will replace Aaron Ramsey in the short term, providing cover and competition for Mesut Ozil and be an attacking option from deeper in midfield.
My Spanish source (a mate whose family is from Spain) has described him as a fantastic dribbler, although a little greedy.
Ceballos is not as dynamic as Ramsey and will not contribute the Welshman’s goals, but he will offer Arsenal a different creative option in the middle of the park with his more direct running.
Arsenal could make it 2 deals in a week by finally completing the signing of William Saliba.
Saliba has been linked with the club for such a long time that it is a surprise he is still only 18. It is expected that he will return to Saint-Etienne on loan next season before joining up with the Gunners in 2020.
Whilst Arsenal do need a new defender now, Saliba is perhaps not ready to step up to be a Premier League regular, so playing 30-odd games in Ligue 1 will do him the world of good. Come 2020 Saliba may well have stepped up and be ready to become a 1st team regular at the club.
With the transfer window shutting in just over 2 weeks, Arsenal will hope to complete deals for Kieran Tierney and a winger.
Do not be surprised to see the club bring in a 1st choice central defender if they can shift Shkodran Mustafi (Toby Alderweireld anyone?)
Stay cool, drink water, and do not pull the emergency alarm on the tube.