Arsenal will have to pay €30m if they wish to turn Dani Ceballos’ loan deal from Real Madrid into a permanent on this summer.
The Spanish midfielder has been on loan at the Emirates since last summer after leaving Madrid in search of regular playing time.
That’s something he’s found at Arsenal, enjoying prominence at the beginning of the campaign under Unai Emery.
He struggled in the middle of the season with injuries and a lack of form but has returned well since Mikel Arteta’s arrival, becoming a key part of his midfield.
The Spanish manager is keen to keep his compatriot beyond the end of his current loan spell, and there have been several reports from Spain indicating that he may get his wish.
Earlier today we covered a report from AS that stated that a second spell at Arsenal is ‘almost done’ for the midfielder.
Their stance was very much that he would be spending another year on loan in London, although they also claimed Real Madrid wanted to ‘make cash’ on him, so it was a little confusing.
Well, El Confidencial have now covered the situation, and their stance is very much that a permanent move could be on the cards.
They explain that Ceballos is eyeing up a place in Spain’s squad for the European Championship next summer and for that to happen he needs to be in a team that ‘allows him to shine’.
That’s not going to happen at Real Madrid because Zinedine Zidane has plenty of options in midfield and he has made it clear Ceballos does not fit in for him.
So, the midfielder plans to either return to Spain and join a team in La Liga or stay with Arsenal as Arteta has given him the ‘prominence’ he craves.
If a permanent move is to happen, it would cost the Gunners ‘around €30m’, which is the valuation Real Madrid have put on Ceballos this summer.