Report: Dani Ceballos one step away from joining Arsenal over Spurs

Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal and Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur embrace prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium...

Arsenal are reportedly set to beat Tottenham Hotspur to Dani Ceballos.

Dani Ceballos of Spain during the  UEFA Nations league match between Spain  v England  at the Estadio Benito Villamarin on October 15, 2018 in Sevilla Spain

According to a new report from AS, Real Madrid playmaker Dani Ceballos is one step away from joining Arsenal on loan, after Tottenham Hotspur thought they had a move in the pipeline.

Ceballos, 22, has struggled for playing time since signing for Real Madrid in 2017, but many will remember how good he was for Real Betis, and he showed that again this summer with Spain at the Under-21 European Championships.

The midfielder needs playing time, and whilst he doesn't want to give up on his Real career, he is at least willing to go out on loan, and North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham have been interested.

 

Now, it's claimed that Ceballos is one step away from joining Arsenal, as he has been attracted by Unai Emery's desire to sign him, with the move unlikely to have a purchase clause included.

It's noted that Spurs appeared to have a deal on the verge of completion, but Arsenal have – allegedly – swooped in to overtake their bitter rivals in the race for Ceballos's signature.

That would be a major blow for Spurs, and may well leave them to go back to Real Betis for Argentina international Giovani Lo Celso as they pursue a new playmaker this summer.

Daniel Ceballos Fernandez of Spain U21 during the UEFA UNDER21 Championship match between Italy and Spain at Renato Dall'Ara Stadium on June 16, 2019 in Bologna, Italy.

It's something of a surprise to see Ceballos pick Arsenal at this point, as they are only in the Europa League, whereas Spurs have Champions League football to offer, as well as a more realistic shot at the Premier League title.

Ceballos may have more confidence that he'll play week in and week out at Arsenal, which is imperative after two years mostly on the sidelines at Real, but it remains to be seen what happens, with AS's report the latest in a long line of claims about the Spaniard's future.

Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal and Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur embrace prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium...

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