Arsenal will have to pay £36million if they want to make midfielder Dani Ceballos’ loan move from Real Madrid permanent, according to reports.
Ceballos burst onto the scene under former Gunners boss Unai Emery, grabbing assists for both goals in his first start as Arsenal overcame Burnley 2-1 in Premier League action.
And while the Spaniard continued to have a role in the team, he admitted that too much enthusiasm to play had a role in him suffering a hamstring injury in November that kept him out until January.
Ceballos was then heavily linked with a move away in order to boost his Euro 2020 hopes but since his return, the midfielder has had a key role to play under his compatriot Mikel Arteta.
The 23-year-old has been influential in recent wins over Newcastle, Everton and West Ham, with The Athletic claiming that a solid showing in Arsenal’s warm-weather training camp in Dubai proved crucial in his return to the fold.
As such, the source claims that Arteta and Arsenal are now considering making Ceballos’ move permanent but must pay £36million to do so.
Arsenal sit ninth in the Premier League and should the season resume after its postponement, they will face a battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
In other news, Arsenal are reportedly considering selling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after talks over his contract hit a major buffer.
The striker, who has arguably been the Gunners’ best player this season, has just over one year left on his deal.