Premier League: Real Madrid's road well travelled

Dani Ceballos joins Arsenal, following Mateo Kovacic being tied up at Chelsea, and both join a long list of Los Blancos stars hitting the English top flight.

Robinho, Baptista y Di María

Dani Ceballos will be in an Arsenal shirt for the upcoming season as he completed a loan move to the London side from Real Madrid on Thursday. It's a transfer that would appear to work for all parties as the talented player is likely to have more pitch time under Emery, and Real Madrid keep the player on their books for a potential return to the Santiago Bernabéu.

Ceballos and Kovacic into Premier League

The move from Los Blancos to the Premier League is not an unusual one in recent times. This summer Mateo Kovacic turns his Chelsea loan move into a permanant arrangement, meaning both players will be based in London, quite possibly facing up in one of the many capital derbies. And since the start of the new century there has been a stream of talent swapping the Spanish capital club for the English top flight when their place in Europe's most successful side is no longer guaranteed, knowing that their financial status can be maintained. The bean counters at Madrid tend to be kept happy too, with satisfactory transfer fees handed over in exchange.

Bye bye for now | Dani Ceballos for Real Madrid

Bye bye for now | Dani Ceballos for Real Madrid

Since the 2000-01 season, there have been 24 Real Madrid players swapping the LaLiga heavyweight for the Premier League, and before this transfer window is over, there may be more...

Players to move from Real Madrid to the Premier League

2019-20 season

Dani Ceballos: loan to Arsenal.

Mateo Kovacic: sold to Chelsea for 45 million euros

2018-19 season

Kiko Casilla: loan to Leeds

Mateo Kovacic: loan to Chelsea

2017-18 season

Álvaro Morata: sold to Chelsea for 66 million euros

Danilo: sold to Manchester City for 30 million euros

Back in Madrid | Morata joined Chelsea then returned to Real rivals Atlético.

Back in Madrid | Morata joined Chelsea then returned to Real rivals Atlético.

2016-17 season

Álvaro Arbeloa: joined West Ham for free

2014-15 season

Ángel Di María: sold to Manchester United for 75 million euros

2013-14 season

Mesut Özil: sold to Arsenal for 47 million euros

2012-13 season

Esteban Granero: sold to QPR for eight million euros

Nuri Sahin: loaned to Liverpool (but The Reds paid five million euros)

2011-12 season

Royston Drenthe: loan to Everton

2010-11 season

Rafael van der Vaart: sold to Tottenham for 10.5 million euros

2008-09 season

Robinho: sold to Manchester City for 43 million euros

2007-08 season

Jonathan Woodgate: sold to Middlesbrough for 9.6 million euros

2006-07 season

Jonathan Woodgate: loan to Middlesbrough

Julio Baptista: loan to Arsenal

2005-06 season

Michael Owen: sold to Newcastle for 25 million euros

2004-05 season

Fernando Morientes: sold to Liverpool for 9.25 million euros

Antonio Nuñez: joined Liverpool for free

2003-04 season

Claude Makelele: sold to Chelsea for 30 million euros

Geremi: sold to Chelsea for 10 million euros

Steve McManaman: joined Manchester City for free

Iván Campo: joined Bolton for free

2002-03 season

Raúl Bravo: loan to Leeds

Iván Campo: joined Bolton for free

Geremi: loan to Middlesbrough

2000-01 season

Christian Karembeu: sold to Middlesbrough for 8.75 million euros

Dani Ceballos is the latest in a long list of Real Madrid players that have headed north to various regions of England. When it comes to finding an outlet for those not in the plans of the current manager, the Premier League continues to be an effective solution.