July 26, 2022
Manager publicly confirms he wants to sign Arsenal on loan

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LONDON, ENGLAND: Daniel Ballard of Millwall looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Fulham at The Den on August 17, 2021. (Photo by Jacques Feeney/Getty Images)

Recent reports suggest Arsenal centre-back Daniel Ballard’s loan club Millwall would like to keep him this summer.

Speaking to the media this week, Millwall manager Gary Rowett answered a question on whether the club had the financial capabilities for such a move.

“Who knows? I think it’s always a bit of a cat and mouse in any deal, any negotiation, and any price,” Rowett replied.

“Would we want to bring Dan Ballard back to the club at a price that we feel is the right price for us? Of course we would.

“But Arsenal have a young player and they might have different ideas.

“The thing is, they can be open to it. We would certainly be delighted if there was an opportunity because he performed so well last year.

The Evening Standard reports that as well as Millwall, QPR are fans of the centre-back, Burnley, Cardiff, Sheffield United and Stoke have all scouted him, and there is interest from abroad too.

Goal previously wrote that Arsenal would sell Ballard this summer for the right offer.

LONDON, ENGLAND: Daniel Ballard of Millwall looks on during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Millwall and Cambridge United at The Den on August 24, 2021. (Photo by Jacques Feeney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Daniel Ballard of Millwall looks on during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Millwall and Cambridge United at The Den on August 24, 2021. (Photo by Jacques Feeney/Getty Images)

The Gunners have held talks with Ballard’s representatives and have reached a mutual agreement that the centre-back will be available for a transfer in the coming months.

Both Standard and Goal agree that Arsenal will seek to include a buyout clause or first refusal clause in any potential deal.

Ballard ended the campaign having made 33 appearances (31 starts), a very solid year considering his mid-season knee surgery.

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