Arsenal keeping tabs with €45m-rated on loan playmaker

Gunners are trying to make Dani Ceballos a permanent fixture at London club, though could reportedly look into extending his loan from Real Madrid for a further campaign rather than buy him.

Spain international has made a big impression at Emirates Stadium since leaving La Liga, playing in all eight PL matches this campaign and earning a spot in the latest national team squad.

Dani’s loan move did not include an option to buy the playmaker outright, however, and Gunners are already putting the wheels in motions to correct that.

Ceballos is enjoying life in Arsenal and is happy with the role he has been given at London club under Spanish coach, with little desire to go back to Bernabeu to sit on the bench.

Gunners chiefs have discussed ways to extend the 23-year-old midfielder’s stay and could encourage him to ask to spend a second campaign out on loan, with Real Madrid likely to demand a huge fee.

From Los Blancos end, they feel Spanish playmaker is already talking as though he is a former footballer and would be willing to cash in next summer just as they did with Chelsea attacker Mateo Kovacic.

Chelsea, though, were required to pay £40m to land Croatia international a similar fee for Dani would make him Gunners fourth most expensive footballer ever.

Ceballos recently admitted that he had not been enjoying his football under Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid, having only played a bit-part role, and hinted at his desire to stay with Arsenal.