Arsenal manager Unai Emery says it is too early for the club to decide whether to sign Dani Ceballos on a permanent deal. The Spaniard signed on a season-long loan from Real Madrid in the summer.
However, reports in the Spanish media have suggested that the Gunners have been discussing a £30m offer to secure the 23-year-old’s services next year. When asked about the speculation, Emery said that they will only consider making a bid if Ceballos can help them reach their goals this season.
“I think it is very soon to say that. Ceballos is doing great things, he is playing regularly. Of course, I know he has a lot of potential and I think this is just the beginning. We are only in October, there is still a long way to take that process.”
“The ultimate goal for me with Ceballos is if he can bring us all his potential. If he can help us to achieve all our goals as a team with more positive performances, we are more than happy to count on him.”
It seems that if Ceballos can play a key role in securing a top-four finish then he could be the subject of an approach from Arsenal next summer. With one goal and two assists in 12 appearances so far, Emery is probably looking for more of an end product from the Spanish international.
The midfielder will need to start regularly, though, if he is to have an influence on the team. Emery benched him for the 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United on Monday night before sending him on for the second half.