Arsenal fans were quick to lavish praise on the performance of Dani Ceballos against Burnley yesterday. The Spanish talent performed brilliantly as the Gunners battled to a win against the Clarets. Much of their gloating was aimed at Tottenham Hotspur fans. Arsenal’s bitter rivals were also linked with a move for the Real Madrid player this summer.
But whilst Arsenal fans can enjoy themselves for the time being, Tottenham made the right decision in their own pursuit of the player.
Because whilst Arsenal might enjoy him for one season, it appears that is the best they can hope for.
As reported by Football.London, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino saw Ceballos as a potential recruit this summer. However, he was not interested in a loan deal unless Tottenham had the chance to make it permanent. Real Madrid were not interested and, therefore, Tottenham pulled out.
Tottenham instead made a move for Giovani Lo Celso. He has arrived on loan from Real Betis. However, as reported by The Guardian, Tottenham will make that deal permanent next summer if they qualify for the Champions League.
Arsenal, on the other hand, have no right to purchase Ceballos next summer. If he becomes a hit and thrives at The Emirates, then they have paid to develop a talent for Real Madrid.
Tottenham clearly thought that made no sense. So whilst short-term Ceballos might thrive for Arsenal, Spurs could be on to a longer-term winner by avoiding such a deal.