Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has already admitted the Gunners are in talks with Real Madrid to retain Dani Ceballos beyond this season.

Last summer, the La Liga winners allowed the Spain international move to the Emirates on a dry loan deal.

He has regularly featured for the north London club since the restart and speaking to Sky Sports, the midfielder said he remains open to the idea of extending his stay with Arteta’s side.

AS has a report on the 23-year-old and they look at the possibility of retaining the former Real Betis man.

It’s claimed there’s an option for Ceballos to continue at Arsenal, but the two clubs must find a formula for a new deal.

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Real Madrid’s leaders retain a ‘lot of confidence’ in the player and if he doesn’t have a place in their squad next season, it’s because Zinedine Zidane doesn’t count on him. Therefore, Los Blancos will not consider selling him for anything less than €50m. 

AS are of the belief Arsenal will struggle to meet these demands, mainly because of the lack of Champions League football.

The FA Cup finalists could work to find an alternative solution, which is to take Ceballos on another loan deal with a purchase option.

The report’s headline reads, ‘Arsenal hope to retain Dani Ceballos’.  It remains to be seen whether the English side will be able to find an agreement with Real Madrid for a new transfer.