Burnley are closing in on the permanent signing of Arsenal’s Daniel Ballard, with a couple of clauses in his contract relating to future sales.

Northern Ireland's defender Daniel Ballard controls the ball during FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification football match between Switzerland and Northern Ireland at the Stade de Geneve, in Geneva on October 9, 2021. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)
Northern Ireland’s defender Daniel Ballard controls the ball during FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification football match between Switzerland and Northern Ireland at the Stade de Geneve, in Geneva on October 9, 2021. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

The Athletic broke the news on Thursday that Burnley were in advanced talks to sign Daniel Ballard from Arsenal on a permanent deal.

New boss Vincent Kompany reportedly played a key role in persuading the player, and the deal is now in the final stages with a medical scheduled.

The Athletic report that Arsenal intend to include a matching clause in the contract. That gives them first option to buy Ballard back at whatever price Burnley agree to sell him to another club.

The Telegraph’s Sam Dean confirms the news, and Charles Watts reports that the move should be finalised over the weekend, adding that Arsenal have a sell-on clause as well as the matching clause.

Gunnerblog writes that the starting fee for the transfer is undisclosed at this point, but the deal has been structured with performance-related add-ons. The better Ballard does, the more Arsenal will earn.

That seems like a fair way to do the deal. If Ballard is a big success at Burnley, they’ll end up having to pay more to Arsenal and give them a cut of a potential future sale.

But it will be worth it for Burnley, as they’ll benefit from those performances and from the potential sale too.

LONDON, ENGLAND: Daniel Ballard of Millwall under pressure from Dominik Frieser of Barnsley during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Barnsley at The Den on April 09, 2022. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Daniel Ballard of Millwall under pressure from Dominik Frieser of Barnsley during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Barnsley at The Den on April 09, 2022. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)

This may not be the end of Ballard’s Arsenal story, as that matching clause will mean the Gunners are notified and given the chance to buy him back if and when the centre-back leaves.

Still, the move will feel like more of a fresh start than the loans he’s been on for the last few years.

There’s every chance the 22-year-old will hit all of Burnley’s bonus clauses in the coming years. He’s been a big success with all of his lower-league loan clubs, and he’s been a Northern Ireland international for a couple of years already despite his age.

Ballard has always risen to the challenges he’s been set, this is just the latest in a long list.

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