Dani Ceballos nears return to Arsenal from Real Madrid
He's been begging for the move on Twitter
Dani Ceballos is nearing a second loan spell at Arsenal from Real Madrid, according to transfer insider Fabrizio Romano.
The Spaniard struggled to find his feet at Arsenal during the early stages of the 2019/20 season but later established himself as an important part of their midfield, alongside Granit Xhaka, whose return from zero to hero has been even more impressive.
Arsenal are planning to announce soon the ‘coming back’ of Dani Ceballos after he turned down three loan bids [from Italy and Spain]. “Only Arsenal” was his answer. Simple loan from Real Madrid. Contracts signed for Gabriel - no problem, it’s 100% done. ⚪️🔴 #AFC #Arsenal #Real
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2020
Ceballos returned to Real Madrid after his slightly-longer-than-a-year long loan spell and has been itching to return to North London ever since. During the Community Shield, in which Mohamed Elneny took his place in midfield, Ceballos' twitter feed showed him watching the game from his home in Spain and celebrating Arsenal's opening goal and the winning penalty.
Look at him. He's gagging to put the red and white jersey back on.
— Daniel Ceballos (@DaniCeballos46) August 29, 2020
The midfielder is so desperate to reunited with Mikel Arteta at the Emirates that he has turned down other loan bids, including at least one from his native Spain.
Arsenal are expected to announce the player's return - or, extended stay - with the Gunners in the coming days.
The north London side are also set to announce the arrival of Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhães, having beaten off interest from other interested clubs, including Manchester United, obviously.