Arsenal star could make early exit as three suitors tipped to intervene
Dani Ceballos could leave Arsenal before his loan spell expires, according to reports.
Ceballos signed up for a second season on loan at Arsenal in the summer after helping them win the FA Cup last season.
The midfielder made 24 appearances in the Premier League last season, and compatriot Mikel Arteta was keen to work with him again.
However, he has not hit the ground running since returning to the capital. Ceballos has made just eight starts from Arsenal’s first 16 Premier League games this season.
Therefore, Calciomercato.it claims that Real Madrid could call him back to Spain.
The report points out that two of Arsenal’s best wins this season, against Manchester United and Chelsea, came when Ceballos was not on the pitch.
It seems he is no longer a key player for Arteta, even if he has not been a flop either. With that in mind, he could be on the move in January.
According to the report, though, his future may not be back at the Bernabeu. Even though he remains under contract in Madrid until 2023, they may be open to finding another new home for him.
Ceballos has had admirers in Italy in the past, and Calciomercato believes Serie A suitors could come calling again. Specifically, Juventus, Inter and AC Milan are said to be keen.
Inter switch Arsenal focus
Of those interested parties, Inter seem to be the most heavily linked. The report observes that Inter had already been chasing one Arsenal midfielder, as there was talk of a swap deal between Granit Xhaka and Christian Eriksen.
However, Xhaka has proven his importance to Arsenal again in recent weeks. Therefore, Ceballos may be easier to acquire if his loan is terminated.
Juventus and Milan are both long-term admirers of Ceballos as well, though. Hence, they could resurrect their interest.
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