Arsenal face missing out of another season of having Dani Ceballos at their disposal due their attempts at lowballing his parent club Real Madrid.
Ceballos made a slow start to his season in north London but was one of the Gunners' best players once football returned from its coronavirus layoff.
The midfielder scored a late winner in the FA Cup quarter-final against Sheffield United which put Arsenal on the way to lifting the trophy for a record 14th time.
Boss Mikel Arteta rates the 24-year-old highly and is anxious to either sign him on a permanent basis or negotiate another loan next season.
But Arsenal, who covered Ceballos' full salary this season and paid €4m loan fees, are not prepared to make the same outlay next year.
According to Spanish outlet Onda Cero they have only offered to pay a reduced loan fee and are prepared to cover just half his wages.
Unsurprisingly Real Madrid rejected that proposal, despite manager Zinedine Zidane having no place for Ceballos in his plans.
The former Real Betis star is concerned that a lack of regular game time will hamper his chances of selection for Spain's squad for next summer's Euros.
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Real Madrid are prepared to accept offers for a permanent transfer but cash-strapped Arsenal would prefer another loan deal.
“I’m really happy with him, the way he’s evolving, and I love how much he likes to play football," Arteta said about Ceballos in July.
"I think he’s evolving in the right way and he’s becoming a really important player for us.”
A potential partnership with Granit Xhaka could prove important for Arsenal next season if Matteo Guendouzi leaves as expected.
Lucas Torreira has not kicked on after his industrious start, while rumours of signing Thomas Partey have subsided in recent days.
"The truth is that I worked so hard out there,” Ceballos told Sky Sports about the mid-season in Dubai when he changed Arteta’s opinion on him. “I trained to my limits and now I have a very high physical level.
"That, combined with the part of my game that the mister likes, which is having the ball and being a protagonist, means I'm now a player who fits into his team."
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