Earlier this week, Dani Ceballos admitted he wants to avoid going out on another loan spell in the next market.
The Real Madrid midfielder joined Arsenal on loan in 2019, and last summer his temporary stay at the Emirates was extended until the end of this season.
His contract with Los Blancos is until 2023 and AS explain the 24-year-old is aware a return to his parent club remains unlikely, if Zinedine Zidane is still in charge at the Bernabéu.
It’s claimed the duration left on his current deal could force Real Madrid to cash in from his sale in the summer, rather than letting him enter his final year of contract in 2022.
According to the report, the Spaniard is ‘happy’ with the Gunners, but his ‘priority’ in the summer is to return to La Liga.
His desire is to pick a project where he can have a main role so that he can enjoy more minutes and also look forward to settling at one club. Luckily for Mikel Arteta’s man, there are ‘two prominent’ options; Real Betis and Atlético Madrid.
AS state Diego Simeone likes Ceballos and report Los Rojiblancos failed to sign him on different occasions in the past. With Atlético ‘looking’ for a new midfielder, the Real Madrid owned player can be an option in the upcoming window.
With regards to Real Betis, Ceballos is clear that he will have to return to his former club at some point in his career. He would ‘fit like a glove’ in Manuel Pellegrini’s system.
However, the overall cost, including transfer fee and salary, could make it difficult for Real Betis to undertake this operation.
Despite suggesting his priority is to play in Spain next season, AS adds a move to a foreign league cannot be ruled out, if the foreign club tables a good offer.