If reports from Spain are to be believed, Real Madrid won’t sanction an extension of Dani Ceballos’ loan deal with Arsenal because we have so far refused to match the financial terms of the previous arrangement.
Ondo Cero claims that the Gunners have only offered to pay 50 per cent of the player’s wages next season having stumped up the full amount last time around. They also suggest that we’ve baulked at the idea of a €4 million loan fee.
As AS reported yesterday, Madrid are set to recall the 24-year-old for pre-season training while continuing to be open to letting the player go on a permanent basis if a decent offer is forthcoming.
After ending the season as a regular in Mikel Arteta’s midfield, Ceballos sounded pretty open to staying at the Emirates and optimistic that he’d be selected for Spain’s squad for the European Championships if his good form continued.
In contrast, he’s shown little enthusiasm for playing for Zidane with whom he’s known to have a frosty relationship.
As always, we suggest these reports are taken with a pinch of salt. Spain’s big clubs are famed for leaning on the local press when they want to put pressure on transfer negotiations. We’d be surprised if this story is done and dusted.