According to the latest reports in the Spanish publication AS, Real Betis have put a €10 million [£7 million] asking price on Dani Ceballos amid interest from Arsenal and Juventus.
The 18-year-old star was one of the standout performers from last season, rising through to the first-team at Betis and helping the Andalusian outfit achieve promotion back to La Liga.
His performances haven’t gone unnoticed, with a report in AS two weeks ago crediting Arsenal with holding an interest and stating their intention to continue monitoring the player’s progress.
Ceballos’ situation, however, is slightly more complicated due to entering the final year of his contract, with no signs of agreeing a proposed extension in sight.
As such, fresh reports claim the club have decided to take a firm stance – contract renewal or not, his asking price will remain at £7 million, with Arsenal’s interest well documented.
According to the previous report in AS, Arsene Wenger is said to be a keen admirer of Ceballos as the Frenchman draws parallels with former Barcelona and Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas.
The Spain U21 international midfielder has a similar skill set, with his excellent passing range, technique and ball control all attributes which have stood out over the past 12 months.
As a proposed contract extension has yet to be agreed, the player is able to walk away from Betis next season for free; leaving the Spanish club facing a bit of a conundrum.
Cashing in on him now would make sense, rather than risk losing him for nothing next summer. However, allowing him to leave for free in 12 months' time may be worth it if he helps maintain their La Liga status.