Manchester City target transfer for Arsenal loan star Dani Ceballos

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Ceballos is on loan from Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)

Pep Guardiola is plotting a move for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, according to reports.

The Spaniard has spent the season on loan at Arsenal and has impressed at the Emirates despite difficult spells under Unai Emery and then Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal are keen to keep Ceballos for another season, while Real Madrid are reportedly prepared to cash in on the 23-year-old.

Ceballos’ preference is to continue playing regularly and the Express claim Manchester City are poised to enter the race to sign him.

City’s spending power far outweighs Arsenal’s and Guardiola is planning a big summer of signings in a bid to close the gap between them and Liverpool.

The Reds ran away with the Premier League title this season and Guardiola has been handed a £150million war chest to improve his squad.

Arteta is working with a limited budget and Real will demand at least £22.6m for Ceballos.

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Ceballos is a key player at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal will continue to work to convince Real to sanction another loan deal as Arteta is eager to keep hold of Ceballos beyond the end of the season.

‘Yeah, we are talking to the club,’ Arteta said of Ceballos’ future.

‘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 do.

‘I’m really happy with him, the way he’s evolving, and I love how much he likes to play football – the passion he puts into every training session and every game, you just have to see his celebrations.

‘I think he’s evolving in the right way and he’s becoming a really important player for us.’

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