ARSENAL have asked Real Madrid about keeping Dani Ceballos on loan for another season, according to reports.
The 23-year-old attacking midfielder produced another standout performance to help down Manchester City 2-0 at Wembley last night.
Now after helping the Gunners reach the FA Cup Final, boss Mikel Arteta wants to retain his services.
That’s according to a report in Spanish outlet El Confidencial, who claim the Premier League side have already contacted Los Blancos.
However, Madrid are only interested in doing business with a permanent transfer.
Their president Florentino Perez has already stated they need to sell before any big-name arrivals due to the monetary impacts of the coronavirus crisis.
He said: “The situation is very bad and there will be no great signings.
“It is very difficult to ask the players to lower their salaries and make signings of this kind.”
That means they would prefer to bring in the cash for Ceballos to go towards strengthening their squad.
But, a possible loan extension is still on the cards, claims today’s report.
It states they may be willing to lend him to Arsenal for another campaign as long as the deal includes an obligation to buy for a fee of around £18million.
Ceballos is happy with life in London after his long-term pal Hector Bellerin helped him to settle in the capital.
And after a sticky start, his performances over recent months have made him a fan favourite with Gooners.