Real Madrid are blocking a move from Valencia to land midfielder Dani Ceballos – currently on loan at Arsenal – report Marca.
The central midfielder looks set to cut short his loan stint at the Gunners this month midway through the season-long agreement due to lack of playing time.
Ceballos has struggled with niggling muscular injuries and fitness issues but he is said to want a return to Spanish football this month to enhance his chances of starring in this summer’s European Championships.
The 23-year-old has started just nine matches across all competitions for the North London club this season but the exit of Unai Emery as boss may have changed his first-team opportunities.
Madrid do not want him to go to Valencia on loan as they believe they will be enforcing and strengthening a direct rival for the same competitions as them.
Real Betis – the former club of Ceballos – are also said to have made a tentative enquiry of the player.