Official Done Deal: Arsenal Finally Announce Another Signing this Weekend

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Real Madrid and Arsenal have completed all the paperwork for Dani Ceballos’ second loan to Arsenal, planning an announcement before the weekend.

Fabrizio Romano reports that Real Madrid and Arsenal have no signed the paperwork for Dani Ceballos’ second loan move to Arsenal this window.

Charles Watts adds that he’s expecting an announcement on Ceballos before the weekend. That only really leaves (Friday) for Arsenal to make the deal official.

Technically, he travelled to London early enough that he’ll be out of quarantine before Arsenal’s second game of the season against West Ham United. But he’ll only make it with a couple of days to spare, so might not feature.

Spanish outlet ABC claimed Dani Ceballos was in London on Thursday for his medical examinations and to sign a loan deal with Arsenal. He flew to the English capital on Wednesday, marking the start of his two-week quarantine, as he came from Spain.

The Evening Standard reported the same story. They wrote that Ceballos is in London to finalise the move before serving the rest of his quarantine. They added that this was always Ceballos’ first-choice option for the 2020/21 season.

Dani Ceballos hinted that a final decision on his future is close this week, posting a ticking clock to his Instagram story amid the links.

The reliable Jose Luis Sanchez initially broke the news. He claimed the player was ‘loaned’, and it was just a matter of closing the deal. He added that Ceballos wants to continue his progression and gaining experience in the Premier League.

Fabrizio Romano adds that Ceballos turned down three loan bids from Italy and Spain for the Gunners. He responded ‘only Arsenal’ to all other offers.

Ceballos’ second Arsenal loan conditions

David Ornstein claims there’s a small change in the conditions of the loan from last season. In 2019/20, Arsenal paid an upfront loan fee to Real Madrid, but they split his salary with the Spanish club.

This time around, Real are waiving the fee, but Arsenal will pay the full wage. Romano also confirmed this in his latest update.

Though we don’t have exact financial details, that should come to around the same amount of money. It’s just a bit easier for the Gunners to pay it over the course of a full season, rather than upfront.

Ceballos has a contract with Real until 2023, so he’ll have two years left at the end of this season. Presumably, that’s when he’ll want to make a choice between staying in Madrid or moving on permanently. So it’s a big year for Arsenal to convince him.

More than that, the midfielder should immediately improve the side. They were performing very well with Ceballos towards the end of last season, so Mikel Arteta will want to keep that going.

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