Real Madrid set £44m asking price for Arsenal to seal Dani Ceballos transfer

first_imgCeballos played his way back into Arteta’s plans (Picture: Getty)That salary reduction is set to last for the next 12 months and the Gunners have even shelved contract renewal talks with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil due to the ongoing health crisis.Ceballos is likely to have his loan deal extended if the Premier League are permitted to finish the 2019/20 season this summer.The Spaniard spoke out about his future this week and revealed he still expects to be given a chance to prove himself at Real.‘I haven’t spoken to Zidane since I left,’ Ceballos told Movistar. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It has to be difficult to have a dressing room with so many players. I don’t think Zidane talks to the loan players. ‘Hopefully [I will play for Real Madrid again]. I now have a contract with Arsenal. ‘At the moment in Madrid it is difficult to play with the players that are there. ‘Now I am focused on being important at a club.’MORE: Jack Wilshere explains why Arsenal never won Premier League with Mesut Ozil and Alexis SanchezMORE: Dani Ceballos hoping for Real Madrid return after Arsenal loan but has had no contact with Zinedine ZidaneFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Real Madrid set £44m asking price for Arsenal to seal Dani Ceballos transfer Advertisement Coral BarryTuesday 28 Apr 2020 11:03 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link345Shares Advertisement Ceballos is on loan at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal will have to pay £44million to seal the permanent transfer of Dani Ceballos, according to reports in Spain.Real Madrid expect the midfielder to return to the club at the end of his loan spell and have not ruled out the possibility of promoting Ceballos to the first-team.Eager to keep hold of his place in the Spain national side, Ceballos has prioritised regular football ahead of next season and managed to win the trust of Mikel Arteta after initially falling down the pecking order at the Emirates.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTArsenal are keen to sign Ceballos permanently or bring him back to the club on another season-long loan following his performances this term.AdvertisementAdvertisementAS claim Real are only prepared to sell the 23-year-old if a club offers £44m (€50m) for Ceballos.Due the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, such a bid would be difficult for Real to turn down.Arsenal, however, are not expected to have a big transfer kitty to spend this summer after asking their first-team players and Arteta to take a 12.5 per cent pay cut.last_img read more

Taylor: No link in Suarez cases

first_img Suarez was suspended for eight games last season when an independent disciplinary panel found the Liverpool striker guilty of abusing Patrice Evra at Anfield in October 2011. The fact Suarez received a greater sanction for sinking his teeth into Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic on Sunday has raised an eyebrow in some quarters. However, Taylor does not feel the two cases are linked, and he said: “I don’t think there is a suggestion the FA think biting is more serious than racial abuse.” He added: “I think if there was any more racist abuse the tariff would increase. It is not easy to get justice right. (Suarez) got seven (for biting in Holland), eight (for Evra) and now 10. There has been a divided opinion. For some people it is not enough, others think it is too much. “I take the view if there are points being made on both sides the balance is probably right. I actually feel there was needed to be more encouragement for the player to improve his behaviour and maybe the ban could have been longer, say 12 matches, with some of it suspended.” Liverpool will consider the written reasons behind the verdict before deciding whether to appeal against a punishment that, as it stands, rules Suarez out of action until the back end of September. Taylor is unconvinced by the Reds’ present annoyance at the severity of the punishment. However, he is in a tricky position as well given Suarez is one of six contenders to win the PFA Footballer of the Year prize on Sunday and is strongly fancied to be included in the Team of the Year. “The vote was made by the players and the first criteria is footballing ability,” said Taylor. “This was not normal behaviour. “Luis Suarez is a great footballer. The job for everybody, not just Liverpool but the PFA, Premier League and FA is to make sure, along the way, we see the right pattern of behaviour. “Sometimes bad behaviour is excused by intensity. But as so many top players have shown, that doesn’t have to be the case. If you have bad discipline and you get disciplined for it, that just leads to more frustration. It doesn’t help anyone.” Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor insists the 10-match ban handed out to Luis Suarez does not indicate biting is more serious than racial abuse.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more