Published On: Thu, Apr 2nd, 2020

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Dani Ceballos replacement

Arsenal have identified a £35million replacement for the on-loan Dani Ceballos.

Mikel Arteta is said to be an admirer of Espanyol’s Marc Roca, who is likely to be sold this summer.

The 23-year-old is only under contract until 2022 and with La Liga relegation likely if the campaign resumes and the club expected to feel the financial hit of the coronavirus crisis regardless of whether or not it is concluded, Roca is set to be sold so Espanyol can extract maximum value for the midfielder.

According to Sport, Arsenal have been admirers of the player for almost a year and looked at Roca before bringing in Ceballos.

Bayern Munich were said to have been put off signing Roca last summer, with Espanyol having also rebuffed Inter Milan, due to the player’s £35m (€40m) release clause.

But Arsenal are waiting until the season ends before submitting a bid because they believe the player’s price could drop in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19.



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