Arsenal star’s exit destination set, but fresh twist as new club enters race

Date published: Friday 30th April 2021 9:13 - Jonny Whitfield

Dani Ceballos, Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal v Fulham April 2021

Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos will return to Spain this summer after his loan spell, but a new La Liga club has reportedly registered interest.

Ceballos is almost at the end of his second successive temporary spell at the Emirates. He has proved a solid addition in that time, often proving a source of creativity from the bench. Overall, he has made 75 appearances for the Gunners, chipping in with two goals and five assists.

Debate has emerged this season over whether Arsenal could sign him permanently from Real Madrid.

However, there is more talk now over whether Los Blancos will let Martin Odegaard sign a long-term contract at the Emirates, given his impact.

Indeed, Ceballos revealed earlier this week that he “likes La Liga a lot more” than the Premier League. He also said that sealing another loan deal at Arsenal would prove difficult.

Crucially, he revealed that he wants to leave Madrid to re-sign for former club Real Betis. If he moved there, he would pair up with ex-Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

According to AS, though, Ceballos could end up staying in the Spanish capital – but with Atletico.

Los Rojoblancos are reportedly ‘keeping an eye’ on the 24-year-old, with boss Diego Simeone a big fan.

What’s more, Simeone is targeting midfielder signings for the upcoming transfer window.

As for his chances of signing for Betis, AS claims that the Seville-based club would struggle to pull off his signing, due to the financial ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic.

Indeed, the transfer fee and Ceballos‘ wages would both pose obstacles to Betis, the report adds.

Nevertheless, it is ‘clear’ that he seeks a return to his former employers at some point and he would ‘fit like a glove’ under Pellegrini’s style of play.

Ceballos gearing up for summer

For now, though, Ceballos has an exciting summer to look forward to.

He has earned a spot in Spain’s team for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, featuring as one of three players allowed in the over-24’s bracket.

However, he could yet feature at his country in the delayed European Championships, should he impress enough.

Although, his red card in Thursday’s 2-1 Europa League semi-final defeat to Villarrel put a dampener on his record.

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