According to a report from Spanish publication El Desmarque, Arsenal have a plan in place to convince Real Madrid to sell Dani Ceballos. The Spaniard is on loan until the end of the season but we do not have an ‘option to buy’ clause inserted in the deal.
However, Raul Sanllehi and co seem to have come up with a plan which could give us the resources to sign Ceballos on a permanent deal. The report reveals that Arsenal’s strategy involves two big steps which could change very quickly if things go wrong in the next three months.
Selling Mesut Ozil is the biggest part of the plan and this makes a lot of sense. The German will free up a ton of wages that will allow Arsenal to accommodate more than just one top-class player in the summer.
However, that will completely depend on Ozil considering that there aren’t many clubs in the world who would be willing to fork out the amount of money that we are right now. The World Cup winner will have to take a considerable pay cut to remain in Europe and that is completely out of Arsenal’s hands.
The second part of the reported plan is to not spend a single penny in the January transfer window. That is a big risk to stick to at the moment considering that the window is still over two months away. Injuries, suspensions and performances of individual players before the end of the year could throw that plan completely out of the window which makes it a huge risk to commit to at this stage of the season.
Arsenal are right to plan ahead in terms of signing Ceballos on a permanent deal but they need to tweak their approach. The current plan would work brilliantly if things go smoothly in the next three months but there is a chance that everything falls part which will force us to dip into the market in January.