Report: Arsenal complete double transfer of two Spurs-linked players

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham’s North London rivals, Arsenal have announced the signings of William Saliba from Saint-Etienne and Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid (BBC).

According to Metro, Arsenal paid £27m including add-ons for Saliba, who has now been loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the duration of the 19/20 season.

The 18-year-old broke into the Ligue 1 club’s first team last season and surprised people with the maturity and composure he displayed.

The French Under-20 international was also reportedly being tracked by Spurs (The Sun).

Ceballos meanwhile joins on a season-long loan deal but the Gunners do not have the option to buy him at the end of the season.

The 22-year-old found playing time hard to come by after the arrival of Zinedine Zidane last season but was one of the stand out players of Spain’s successful Euro U-21 Championship campaign this summer.

AS reported a few days ago that Unai Emery’s promise of helping Ceballos to fulfill his aim of playing 40 games next season convinced him to snub Tottenham in favour of Arsenal.

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The fact that the loan deal for Ceballos came without an option to buy indicates that Spurs were perhaps wise not to go down that road. As far as Saliba is concerned, while there is no doubt that he is a talented prospect, Arsenal are also in desperate need of more short term reinforcements in defence for the upcoming season.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Please! If we’d really wanted these two, we’d have got them!
    Anyway, what sort of manager promises to play a player 40 times in a season??
    Talk about over-confidence.
    It’s a bit like promising a Brexit deal. Dick Emery has got nowhere to go with this at Arsenal.
    Can you imagine Poch promising a player a certain amount of games, before
    he’s even kicked a ball for the club?? Er, it doesn’t work like that, Emery.
    The player has to prove he’s worthy of a starting spot, and, depending on his
    performances, fitness, suspensions, injuries, and inter-action with teammates,
    he could play anything between 5 games and 50! Good luck with the 40 before
    he swans off back to Madrid!

    • Haha, well said, his dream team is still Real and he wants to prove his worth for them ultimately, not Arsenal. I’m sure he’ll do a good job but he also may not want to risk injury during his 40 performances which could jeopardise his place at Real. Spurs wanted him but with a deal for a permanent move at the end not just a loan. Smacks of desperation from arsenal, trying to make their fans think their doing something in the transfer market while maybe pushing for a top spot. As for Saliba, well I’m sure the arse faithful would want to see him now not next season. Not that good business from them. Still, who cares .LOL

  2. why would we need Saliba as we have tanganga coming up and do we really need another CB and to pay 27M and send him back on loan -Doubt it.. As for Dani Ceballos really – Le Celso fits us more – Just a bunch of gonners thinking this is the only way they can get one up on us….

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