When BBC reporter David Ornstein tweets, writes or speaks with certainty it pays to listen and he has just done that this evening.
According to Ornstein, Arsenal will complete two transfer deals this week.
Deal one – Arsenal has reached an agreement with Real Madrid to loan Dani Ceballos for the upcoming season.
Deal two – William Saliba will complete his transfer to Arsenal and then be loaned back to St Etienne for one season.
Arsenal have reached an agreement to sign Real Madrid and Spain U21 midfielder Dani Ceballos on loan for 2019-20 campaign. With William Saliba also set to complete move from Saint Etienne before returning there on loan next season, big week for #AFC in transfer market #RMFC #ASSE
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) July 22, 2019
Both these deals have been expected but with no official announcement, there was always a worry that a last-minute hitch would occur. That now seems very unlikely and it is just a question of timing.
Neither transfer is ideal, it would have been nice to have had Saliba straight away and Ceballos on a permanent deal but as they say, beggars cannot be choosers.
The one good thing about both these deals is that they will not impact the transfer budget too significantly which means there will be at least one if not two more transfers before the window shuts.
Hopefully one of them will be the big name we have been promised.