Italy’s AC Milan are considering to sign out-on-loan Real Madrid midfielder, Dani Ceballos.
The Spanish international has recently come off an impressive spell with Premier League side, Arsenal, and might end up back out on loan as Real Madrid will likely repeat the process with Milan.
Mikel Arteta is keen on bringing him back to the Emirates Stadium but face competition from the Italian side. The Telegraph reports that Arsenal’s former Head of Football, Raul Sanllehi, was in charge of the negotiations with the Spanish giants but his departure could bolster Milan’s chances instead.
Ceballos has recently opened up about wanting to remain at Santiago Bernabeu as he wishes to play for the first-team but coach Zinadine Zidane will likely loan the midfielder as he already has multiple options in the middle of the park.
While a loan move is the most likely outcome, Arsenal’s new Head of Football, Vinai Venkatesham, is now in charge of the negotiations and while they remain strong contenders in the race, Milan are hoping to use this minor setback of personal change to their advantage.
Ceballos has been a vital part of Arteta’s midfield since the restart, even playing the entire 90 minutes of the FA Cup finals against Chelsea, which the team won 2-1. The Spanish coach wishes to implement his countryman in his squad for another season, but Milan boss, Stegano Pioli, is also keen on strengthening his squad.
While the Gunners could potentially battle it out for Ceballos, Arteta could also look to secure another more promising Spaniard as an alternative. Bayern Munich’s departing superstar, Thiago Alcantara could potentially move to Arsenal instead of Liverpool. At a reported fee of 30 million euros, the 29-year-old could be a great alternative but Ceballos would be a lot cheaper option consider it will only be a loan move.
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