Arsenal in battle to sign £22m star after Arteta confirms transfer talks are underway

According to the Express, Arsenal face competition from Manchester City for the signature of Dani Ceballos this summer as the midfielder looks to secure a move away from Real Madrid.

Ceballos joined Arsenal on a season-long loan deal last summer and endured a slow start to life at the Emirates Stadium with injuries and inconsistent form hampering his progress.

However, he has really turned things around and Ceballos has impressed alongside Granit Xhaka in the middle of the park since the restart with the Spaniard being one of our most consistent performances over the past few weeks.

His improvement has persuaded Arsenal to pursue a deal with Madrid this summer with the club hoping to secure another loan or perhaps even sign Ceballos on a permanent basis if the price was right.

Speaking earlier this month, Mikel Arteta praised the midfielder’s improvement and confirmed talks with Madrid are underway to try and secure a deal that would see Ceballos stay at Arsenal.

Arteta is quoted as saying by the Express:

“Yeah, we are talking to the club [Madrid]. Obviously we don’t own the player, he’s not in our hands so the clubs will need to have a communication and see what we can…