Real Madrid have rejected Arsenal’s latest offer to loan Dani Ceballos for another season, according to reports in Spain.
The Spaniard formed a solid partnership alongside Granit Xhaka during the Premier League run-in and ended his season-long stint at Arsenal by helping the club beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley.
Mikel Arteta has made it clear that he wants Ceballos to remain at the club for another season and Arsenal had been confident about reaching a new agreement with Real Madrid.
However, Onda Cero reports that Arsenal and Real Madrid held talks last week but the Gunners’ offer was not accepted by the Spanish champions.
The report claims that Real Madrid turned down Arsenal’s proposal as the Gunners refused to pay another €4 million (£3.6m) loan fee and asked to pay just half of Ceballos’ salary.
During his season-long loan this term, Arsenal had been paying Ceballos’ wages in full.
Madrid have now told Ceballos to report for pre-season training, however Onda Cero claims that the 24-year-old is still not favoured by Zinedine Zidane and therefore the Spanish champions are willing to cash in if they receive a suitable offer.
Reports in Spain on Tuesday had claimed that Madrid’s hierarchy had been impressed by Ceballos’ performances for Arsenal and will now use the pre-season campaign as an opportunity for the midfielder to impress Zidane.
Ceballos, meanwhile, has already stressed that he wants regular football next season and wants to make a minimum of 35 appearances for Madrid, or be allowed to leave once again.
Ceballos has made no secret of his desire to become a first-team regular at Madrid but knows he will need more playing time in order to win a place in Spain’s squad for the European Championship next summer.