Dani Ceballos is set for a return to Arsenal on a second loan stint at the club after holding talks with Mikel Arteta, according to reports.
The Spanish midfielder has trained with parent club Real Madrid despite the two teams being locked in negotiations.
The 24-year-old spent the 2019-20 season on loan with the London club and departed in style after the FA Cup victory.
Mikel Arteta was wasting no time on working on a deal to bring Ceballos back into his team ahead of the upcoming season. And it appears he has finally made a breakthrough.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal are in advanced discussions with Real Madrid and the deal should be confirmed officially “soon”.
The transfer expert tweeted: “Arteta has called Ceballos to convince him – three bids turned down to come back to #AFC. Green light from Real Madrid soon.”
Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane was in no rush to let the player leave and contemplated implementing him in his squad this for next campaign.
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Arsenal boss Arteta spoke openly on Ceballos’ future and made it no secret that he was interested in bringing the midfielder back to the Emirates.
He said: “Well, we have had some talks and Dani knows really well what I think about him. “He was pretty clear with me as well that his intention was to remain with us, but obviously Real Madrid is involved and I don’t know yet what they want to do with the player.
“But he’s a player that we are interested in because we really saw, in the last few months of the season, what he is capable of bringing to us.”