Arsenal keen to sign loan duo permanently this summer

Date published: Thursday 18th February 2021 10:58 - Lewis Oldham


Arsenal are eager to sign Dani Ceballos and Mat Ryan on a permanent basis during the summer transfer window, according to reports.

Ceballos joined the Gunners on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid in July 2019. He finished the campaign as one of their best players as he helped them win the FA Cup for the fourteenth time.

It was announced in September 2020 that Ceballos would spend a second season on loan with Arsenal. The midfielder has made 25 appearances so far this term. This takes his overall tally to 62 games form his year-and-a-half in the Premier League.

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Arsenal signed Runar Alex Runarsson last summer from French side Dijon. He came in as the club’s new backup goalkeeper after Emiliano Martinez left to join Aston Villa for around £20m.

Most of Runarsson’s appearances this season have come in the Europa League. But the newcomer has failed to impress during his debut year in England.

This led to the Gunners bringing in Mat Ryan on loan in January to deputise for current number one Bernd Leno.

The 28-year-old had spent the last three-and-a-half years in the Premier League with Brighton. He had regularly impressed for the Seagulls from his 121 top-flight appearances.

Robert Sanchez dislodged him as Brighton’s number one this season, which ensured that Ryan was free to leave in January.

The Australian made his Arsenal debut on February 6 against Aston Villa with Leno unavailable due to suspension.

The Sun have reported that the club are eager to sign Ceballos and Leno permanently before the 2021/22 season gets underway.

The report adds that both players will likely be free to leave Real Madrid and Brighton respectively this summer.

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