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Arsenal ready to rival Spurs over the signing of Real Madrid playmaker Dani Ceballos

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Dani Ceballos won the U21 European Championships with Spain
Dani Ceballos lifted the U21 European Championship with Spain this summer (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal are prepared to rival their north London rivals Spurs in the pursuit of Real Madrid playmaker Dani Ceballos this summer.

The 22-year-old is expected to leave Real Madrid after failing to nail down a first-team place in their star-studded midfield since joining from Real Betis in 2017.

Ceballos has been strongly linked with a move to Spurs as a potential replacement for Christian Eriksen who has been tipped to join Real Madrid after admitting he wants a new challenge.

However, Arsenal are also interested in signing Ceballos and are exploring the option of a loan deal with Unai Emerys transfer budget reported to be just £45m this summer.

Ceballos is surplus to requirements at Real Madrid
Ceballos only started three games under Zinedine Zidane last season (Picture: Getty)

Although Real Madrid are looking to offload players who will not start under Zinedine Zidane, they may be receptive to loaning Ceballos out considering his vast potential to improve.

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Ceballos, who has four years remaining on his contract, is believed to favour a loan arrangement as he would like to establish himself as a first-team regular at Real Madrid in the future.

Having featured infrequently for Real Madrid since his arrival, Ceballos wants to play 40 first-team games next season and any prospective club would have to offer him that guarantee.

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