Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos is pushing for a stay with the Gunners, according to reports from Spanish publication El Desmarque.
The 23-year-old is on loan at the Emirates Stadium this term after sealing a summer switch from Real Madrid, but according to the report from El Desmarque, Ceballos has already engaged in talks with Madrid owner Florentino Perez about making the move a permanent one.
Ceballos has been involved in eight Premier League games this term and started the season in fine form when he made two assists in one game as the Gunners looked to make their mark on the new Premier League season.
However, those are the only assists and goals he has to his name this season in the Premier League as manager Unai Emery has opted to rotate his midfielders at times. Ceballos, though, has helped out in the midfield in other ways, with a 67% tackle success rate showing he isn’t afraid to put his foot in when it’s needed for the Gunners.
His chances with Real Madrid are likely to be limited given they have the likes of Toni Kroos in the centre of the park, so it’s little surprise to hear he is looking to cement a permanent move away from the Spanish capital. For the Gunners, meanwhile, this has got to be good news, given pundits such as Martin Keown and Robin van Persie (BT Sport via Metro) have praised his impact at times this season.
The talent is clearly there and at 23, he has a massive chance to develop further and become one of the Gunners’ key men.
The report though claims Madrid would want a £35m fee for Ceballos, so it remains to be seen whether the Gunners would be prepared to put up the money to bring him in.
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