Arsenal have moved ahead of Tottenham in the race to sign Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, according to Marca, as quoted by The Express.
The Spanish giants are ready to listen to offers for the Spain Under-21 international and both North London rivals are keen on his signature.
Last season the 22-year-old managed just 13 league starts for Real Madrid, scoring three goals, and he is keen to receive more game time.
On that basis, the Gunners would prefer a loan deal with an option to land Ceballos permanently at a later date, probably in a year’s time.
Zinedine Zidane has been busy rebuilding his squad and he may want the funds this summer to continue his spending spree, however.
Ceballos is typically a central midfielder and netted two goals at the recent European Under-21 Championship which Spain went onto win.
Arsenal ousting Tottenham to land Ceballos would represent a hammer blow for Spurs.
After a summer of struggle to sign players so far for the Gunners, this signing would show their supporters that they still have considerable clout.
If Unai Emery can pull off the signing of Ceballos it would solve a problem area for the Gunners and some would enhance their chances of regaining a place in the Champions League.
Arsenal are left with a big void in the middle of the park following Aaron Ramsey’s departure to Juventus.
Ceballos is perhaps a slightly different option to the Welshman but nonetheless, he would be a quality addition to the Gunners midfield.