AC Milan turned down the opportunity to bring on-loan Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos to the Serie A for the season in the summer, according to reports in Italy.
Ceballos eventually joined Arsenal on a season-long spell from Real Madrid and the 23-year-old has impressed in his time with the Gunners so far, appearing in all eight Premier League matches while scoring once and assisting twice.
However, according to Italian news outlet Calciomercato, Milan were offered the opportunity to take the midfielder out on loan but turned down the opportunity to do so.
The source says that Milan officials were in talks with Madrid over a possible deal, but ultimately the Serie A club missed out after trying to force through a permanent move for Ceballos.
Madrid, meanwhile, did not want to lose the midfielder for any longer than the current campaign and so it was Arsenal who won the race for the player in the end.
Ceballos has been impressive since moving to the Emirates and while Arsenal would be open to keeping him at the club next summer, quotes that suggested the midfielder felt the same way were wrong, according to the player himself.
Arsenal return to action on Monday evening when they travel to South Yorkshire to face Sheffield United.