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Arsenal fans are at it already.
They believe they have put one over Tottenham Hotspur by agreeing a deal to sign Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid.
The deal is a loan. It does not include a purchase option.
This is a win for Arsenal, right?
The fact of the matter, though, is that Spurs fans, really, need to ignore this because, at the end of the day, it’s nonsense.
Sources confirmed to Football FanCast earlier this month that Spurs were in talks over a deal to sign Ceballos. Mauricio Pochettino, the club’s manager, was keen to sign him as he felt he would bring an extra dimension to the side’s midfield.
Arsenal expect to complete loan signing of Dani Ceballos this week. Reported on Thursday that Saliba deal is done, should be unveiled in coming days.
Two transfer battles with Spurs. Two wins for Arsenal. https://t.co/JHU3i4WpyF
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) July 22, 2019
Spurs offered more money for Saliba, he chose Arsenal. Spurs were only team heavily interested in Ceballos, Emery said “Holla Daniel, Unai speaking, Spurs stink”, Ceballos chose Arsenal. Tottenham Hotspur forever in our shadow lmaoo
— Aubazettes (@Aubazettes) July 22, 2019
I don’t get the big fuss about William Saliba & Dani Ceballos dejecting interest from Spurs in order to sign for Arsenal. Tottenham have been rejecting trophies for the last 10 years and no one has ever made a big deal out of it.
— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) July 23, 2019
Yet chairman Daniel Levy, negotiating the deal, was desperate to include a purchase option in any move that would have allowed the club to buy Ceballos for £45m next summer.
Real ultimately rejected that request because Arsenal did not insist upon such a clause. Ceballos will return to Real next summer. Spurs, as other reports have stated, did not intend to be used as a stepping stone for a player looking to extend their own career.
Arsenal, clearly, are fine with it, and this is what fans are celebrating.
Spurs fans would do well to ignore them; the club have already broken their transfer record once this summer to purchase Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon for a fee of over £50m and are reportedly closing in on Real Betis’ Giovani Lo Celso, another deal that will cost over £50m.
Ryan Sessegnon, the Fulham teenager, is another target.
There is also talk that Arsenal have beaten Spurs to the punch on Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba when, in reality, Pochettino wanted him in his squad for the 2019/20 season, per sources. The Gunners are set to pay €30m (£26.8m) for him and then loan him back to France. That’s another win.
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Of course, social media is a hive of this. It is the ideal place to spout nonsense opinions about football because, really, what else is there to do?
Arsenal fans fling jibes and digs at Tottenham fans constantly and vice versa.
The reality is that Arsenal will be signing a player who is undoubtedly an upgrade on the likes of Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka and who has won the Player of the Tournament at the Under-21 European Championships in his career. Saliba, too, could turn into a very fine defender.
But these are not deals to celebrate, to rub the noses of their rivals in.
Spurs are on an upward curve, bringing in players on permanent deals and instantly strengthening their squad.
Arsenal are either loaning a player with the intention of him returning to his parent club next year, or sending him back to whence he came almost immediately.
Whatever hashtag you put on it, this isn’t a win for the Gunners.