On-loan Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos has reportedly held talks with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez regarding his future.
The Spanish youngster joined the Gunners on a season-long loan this summer and has enjoyed an impressive start to life in north London.
His deal does not have an option to buy with the midfielder previously expected to head back to the Bernabeu at the end of the season.
But according to El Desmarque , Ceballos met with Perez this week to discuss his future and remains “hopeful” that a deal can be agreed to allow him to join Arsenal on a permanent basis.
Ceballos is said to be prioritising a permanent move to Arsenal and has asked Perez to meet with the Gunners in January to discuss a deal.
However, he is concerned that Perez may scupper the deal and insist on keeping the highly-rated playmaker.
Ceballos joined Real Madrid for €14m from Real Betis and they are said to want at least treble that amount – €42m – in order to make a profit and cover the wages he has been paid.
Arsenal are believed to be looking to pay closer to €35m in order to keep the 23-year-old at the club after his instant impact.
Arsenal have also been dealt a boost in their pursuit of RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano.
Reports in Germany suggest the Bundesliga club could accept a cut-price offer for the French defender to prevent losing him for free at the end of next season.
The Gunners targeted Upamecano in the summer but saw a bid of more than £50m rejected before turning to veteran David Luiz as a replacement for departing club captain Laurent Koscielny.