Dani Ceballos is keen on turning his season-long spell at Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid, which is set to expire at the end of the month, into a permanent transfer, according to Alex Richards of the Mirror.
Having been unable to establish himself as a regular member of the team at the Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder joined the Gunners last summer. He needed some time to adapt to the demands of the game in England at first, but since Mikel Arteta took the helm, he has been of vital importance as the team’s main source of creativity, alongside the robust presence of Granit Xhaka. There can be no doubt that Arsenal would benefit greatly from keeping hold of his services, especially given the respective situations surrounding Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi. Ceballos has so far made 34 appearances in the Arsenal shirt, and he’s nailed on to start in the two remaining Premier League fixtures, as well as the FA Cup final against Chelsea.
Arteta is, naturally, fully aware of that and he also wants the Spaniard to stay in north London past this summer. The only thing that remains now is for the club to see if they can thrash out some kind of a deal with Real.
Ceballos is under contract with Los Blancos until 2023, but according to plenty of reports coming from his homeland, he has no place in the plans of coach Zinedine Zidane right now. What’s more, the impact of the coronavirus crisis on Real’s finances, which has been strongly stressed by club president Florentino Perez recently, makes it very likely that the 23-year-old will be sold in the upcoming transfer window.
In a recent interview with Sky Sports, Ceballos expressed belief that staying at the Emirates would be a good next step in his career, but he also pointed out that he will have to return to the Spanish capital before a decision is made.
Meanwhile, Arteta has revealed that talks between all three parties are underway.
Arsenal play Aston Villa in the Premier League tonight (Tuesday), and they can be backed at 1/1 to return from the Villa Park victorious.