Arsenal has announced the signing of Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid for the 2019/20 season. Ceballos was born on 7th August 1996 in Utrera, which is one of the provinces of Seville and started playing for Sevilla academy at the age of 8. He joined Real Betis in 2011, having joined from his hometown club CD Utrera. After helping Real Betis achieve promotion back to the La Liga in the 2014/2015 season, the Spaniard went on to make a further 64 appearances for the Andalusians’ in la Liga over the next two years before moving to Real Madrid on 14th July 2017.
Dani Ceballos is outspoken and confrontational in nature and clearly believes in his own talent. He has got into trouble in the past for several off-field activities which includes a dig at Iker Casillas and his ‘manhood’ while making defamatory comments on Catalans. He is in a relationship with Maria Sanchez. Dani Ceballos currently earns $3.75m a year and his net worth is believed to be in excess of $6m.
Dani Ceballos is versatile and can play either as an attacking midfielder or further behind to build attacks from the back. His biggest strength is his excellent passing and ball control. He is comfortable receiving the ball from the center-backs on the half-turn and his ability to shift his body and wriggle out of crowded scenes. He is also strong on set-pieces and his free kicks provide a threat for the opposition. There is not a distinct weakness in the Spaniard’s game as he seems like a complete midfielder. However, the consistency in his performances can be improved upon which is something that would come from maturity and more game time.
Dani Ceballos was recently awarded as the ‘player of the tournament’ at European U21 Championship and the gunners would be hoping that he could replicate that form at the Emirates Stadium. He takes the #8 shirt at Arsenal, which was vacated after Aaron Ramsey, who left for Juventus on a free transfer. Although he takes Ramsey’s shirt, the Spaniard is not the same mold of the midfielder as the Welshman. While Ramsey thrives from his athleticism and ability to arrive late in the box, Ceballos is a much technical midfielder who helps to stitch the play up and provide stability in both defense and attack. There is no option to buy at the end of the loan spell for Dani Ceballos, which is a positive for Real Madrid too who can draft him back in the team at the end of this season if the Spanish youngster lives up to the expectation. However, this deal is equally good for Arsenal as well, who get a quality midfielder for a season who certainly improves their midfield while also allowing them to save their shrimpy budget of $50m.