Real Madrid Reportedly Demand £44m For Arsenal to make Dani Ceballos Move Permanent

Dani Ceballos of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on March 10, 2020 in St Albans, England.

Arsenal will have to pay £44million to seal the permanent transfer of Dani Ceballos, according to reports in Spain. Real Madrid expect the midfielder to return to the club at the end of his loan spell and have not ruled out the possibility of promoting Ceballos to the first-team. 

Eager to keep hold of his place in the Spain national side, Ceballos has prioritised regular football ahead of next season and managed to win the trust of Mikel Arteta after initially falling down the pecking order at the Emirates.

Arsenal are keen to sign Ceballos permanently or bring him back to the club on another season-long loan following his performances this term.

AS claim Real are only prepared to sell the 23-year-old if a club offers £44m (€50m) for Ceballos. Due the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, such a bid would be difficult for Real to turn down. 

Arsenal, however, are not expected to have a big transfer kitty to spend this summer after asking their first-team players and Arteta to take a 12.5 per cent pay cut.

That salary reduction is set to last for the next 12 months and the Gunners have even shelved contract renewal talks with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil due to the ongoing health crisis. Ceballos is likely to have his loan deal extended if the Premier League are permitted to finish the 2019/20 season this summer. 

The Spaniard spoke out about his future this week and revealed he still expects to be given a chance to prove himself at Real. “I haven’t spoken to Zidane since I left,” Ceballos told Movistar.

“It has to be difficult to have a dressing room with so many players. I don’t think Zidane talks to the loan players. 

“Hopefully [I will play for Real Madrid again]. I now have a contract with Arsenal. “At the moment in Madrid it is difficult to play with the players that are there. “Now I am focused on being important at a club.”

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