ARSENAL are reportedly locked in talks with Real Madrid as they try to extend Dani Ceballos’ loan deal.
Mundo Deportivo claims Mikel Arteta is desperate to keep hold of the Spanish midfielder this summer thanks to his strong showing after the restart.
Ceballos, 24, settled into a good partnership with Granit Xhaka when the Premier League came back from coronavirus lockdown.
And he played the entire 90 minutes of Arsenal’s 2-1 win against Chelsea in the FA Cup final.
However, Ceballos’ loan from Real has now come to an end and he is expected to report back for duty in the Spanish capital ahead of the new LaLiga season.
Real are not expected to keep Ceballos due to their overwhelming options in midfield.
And they are understood to be looking for a buyer, with Real Betis reportedly keen.
Arsenal do not have the funds available for a permanent deal.
But they are hopeful of persuading Real to let Ceballos enjoy a second season at the Emirates.
And there could be potential for a permanent fee to be struck in 2021.
Ceballos made 36 appearances in total last term, scoring two goals.
Arsenal are notoriously short on cash after laying off 55 members of staff while completing a three-year deal for veteran winger Willian on £220,000-a-week wages.
And bringing a player of Ceballos’ quality back to north London on loan would represent a major coup for Mikel Arteta.