Arsenal eyeing move for out-of-favour Real Madrid midfielder

As per a report from Spanish outlet El Confidencial, Arsenal are vying with Italian giants Juventus over the signature of Real Madrid youngster Dani Ceballos.

In-demand

Ceballos, a highly-regarded 21-year-old midfielder, was the subject of a transfer tug-of-war between Real and Barcelona last summer, with Atletico Madrid and Juventus having also expressed an interest in his services.

The Real Betis prodigy eventually opted for the Bernabeu, though, with Florentino Perez and co. even agreeing to pay 17 million Euro for Ceballos’ signature, despite the fact that his buyout clause was set at just 15 million.

Benched

However, his time in the Spanish capital has not gone exactly according to plan to this point, with Ceballos having managed just 2 La Liga starts thus far this season.

While the Spanish youngster was no doubt well aware that playing time would prove hard to come by based on the presence of the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Mateo Kovacic at the Bernabeu, reports over the last couple of months have suggested that Ceballos nevertheless expected to receive considerably more minutes on the pitch than he has been afforded to this point in the campaign.

Tensions between the midfielder and Zinedine Zidane came to a head at the end of February, when Ceballos was left visibly angered by the decision of the French tactician to introduce him for a measly 29 seconds of injury-time action during the club’s 3-1 La Liga victory over Leganes.

MADRID, SPAIN – JANUARY 24: Zinedine Zidane, Manager of Real Madrid looks on during the Copa del Rey, Quarter Final, Second Leg match between Real Madrid and Leganes at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on January 24, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

On the move?

As such, unsurprisingly, a number of Europe’s biggest clubs have already been linked with potential summer swoops for Ceballos, with Liverpool and Tottenham both named as expressing a serious interest in the Spaniard.

And, as per the aforementioned report from El Confidencial this afternoon, the latest clubs to make their interest in the Blancos’ midfielder’s signature known are Premier League outfit Arsenal, and Italian champions Juventus.

Both clubs are known to be on the lookout for reinforcements in the middle of the park this summer, with Juventus having also reportedly contacted Real Betis last summer before Ceballos made the move to the Bernabeu.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are sweating over the futures of both Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey, with Arsene Wenger said to be a huge admirer of the talents of Ceballos.

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