According to a report in Spanish outlet El Confidencial, Arsenal have asked Real Madrid about taking Dani Ceballos on loan for another season.
The Spaniard had another impressive outing in the 2-0 FA Cup semi-final win over Man City at Wembley last night, and has become a player Mikel Arteta feels he can count on.
The Arsenal boss is keen to retain his services, and the midfielder’s Real Madrid future is in genuine doubt because of his lack of relationship with Zinedine Zidane.
However, there are financial issues. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insisted there would be no major arrivals at the Bernebeu because of the monetary impact of Covid-19.
“The situation is very bad and there will be no great signings,” he said.
“It is very difficult to ask the players to lower their salaries and make signings of this kind.”
As such, they’re keen to sell players to raise funds and would prefer to bring in cash for Ceballos. However, they’re not ruling out the possibility of a second loan deal but one which comes with an obligation to buy at the end of it – a fee of around €20m has been mooted.
Ceballos is reportedly happy in London and at Arsenal, consolidating a long-standing friendship with Hector Bellerin has helped him settle, and in a difficult market, it would certainly be a convenient deal to do.
For a while it looked as if his loan might be another unsuccessful one for Arsenal to deal with, but his form and commitment in recent months have turned things around.
Let’s hope this is one we can get over the line.