Manchester City look to upset Arsenal by taking an interest in the Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos, reports suggest
Ceballos arrived at Arsenal on a season-long loan only last summer and has earned high acclaims from Mikel Arteta, becoming a valuable first-team asset.
Despite the patchy form and a severe muscle injury, the 23-year-old midfielder has been a regular with Arteta’s struggling side this term.
Therefore, the Gunners are keen to acquire the Spaniard’s services on a permanent basis after Real Madrid made it clear the gifted midfielder has no place in their plans for the next season.
It’s still uncertain, though, whether or not Arsenal can afford Ceballos’ price tag after the coronavirus lockdown put the squeeze on the club’s finances.
Meanwhile, Manchester City’s interest could throw a spanner in the works of that deal.
Indeed, according to the Manchester Evening News, Pep Guardiola very much appreciates Ceballos’ qualities and would be willing to bring him to the Etihad this summer.
The Sky Blues prepare for life after David Silva, who has already announced he will leave the team at the end of the season.
Silva’s imminent departure will free up space for a new midfielder, and the former Real Betis player ticks all the boxes.
Additionally, the prospect of winning titles could potentially sway Ceballos into ditching the North London outfit for fierce Premier League rivals.