Arsenal defender transfer deal breaks down over personal terms

Arsenal have been active in trying to move on a fair number of our peripheral squad members this summer.

Jordi Osei-Tutu has moved on to Vfl Bochum in the Bundesliga, while promising youngsters Mika Biereth, Tyreece John-Jules, Omar Rekik and Harry Clarke have all been sent out on season-long loans.

One other deal that seemed certain to go ahead was the sale of Daniel Ballard to Championship side Burnley, with the two clubs agreeing a transfer fee and the 22 year old went up to Lancashire to have a medical and agree the terms on his contract.

But now The Athletic have revealed that the deal has now fallen through, they reported:

Arsenal defender Daniel Ballard’s proposed move to Burnley has broken down, The Athletic understands.

The 22-year-old had been in Burnley for a medical, but it is thought terms could not be agreed.

It may be disappointing, but there are certain to be further suitors in the pipeline (if they can agree personal terms!).

Ballard may not have played competitively for Arsenal, but he alrready has 15 caps for the Northern Ireland national team. He also had very productive loans in the last two seasons at Millwall and Blackpool, and it is quite likely that both those sides would be interested in bringing him back, along with other Championship sides.

Ballard was very highly rated as a centre-back in the Arsenal Under23’s, but it is extremely difficult to break into the Arsenal first team in that position, so he may still make it to the big time in the future…

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7 Comments

    1. That is, if we’re assuming it was over wages. Maybe they couldn’t agree on length of contract?

  1. The fee was a cup of tea as Paul Merson would say, get him Premier League exposure and his pricetag will rocket!

    1. Your Majesty, But that is NOT going to happen, as all realists know.
      And why not? Because he is to be sold for whatever we can get and THAT is what will eventually happen. Reality!

  2. It’s been a long time sinec I heard anyone saythat it’s difficult to break into the Arsenal first team as a CB! Good to hear 🙂

  3. Yeah I was thinking of a loan to a Premier League club, all the reviews have been very good for the lad, even if he is not the modern ball playing centre back to slot into our philosophy. Perhaps one of the newly promoted clubs might have liked what they saw last season in the Championship.

  4. Personally, I would love to keep Ballard with the Arsenal first team, would be a decent back up if any one of our defenders get injured/suspended and considering the number of games we have. White could also play as DM to integrate Ballard, a lad with tremendous potential and has played well for NI and is rated highly by their coach, so he has something in him.

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