According to a report from Spain, Arsenal have ‘intensified’ their contact regarding the transfer of Cesar Gelabert from Real Madrid.

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 14: Cesar Gelabert Pina of Real Madrid is tackled by Ethan Ampadu of Chelsea during the UEFA Youth League Quarter-final between Real Madrid and Chelsea at estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on March 14, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN – MARCH 14: Cesar Gelabert Pina of Real Madrid is tackled by Ethan Ampadu of Chelsea during the UEFA Youth League Quarter-final between Real Madrid and Chelsea at estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on March 14, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

The attacking midfielder is out of contract with Real Madrid next summer and even though a renewal with the La Liga giants is said to be ‘very close’ Arsenal are apparently still not giving up on the chase just yet.

Still only 19, Gelabert has yet to make a senior appearance for the Madrid first team after coming through their ranks but is said to be wanted by Barcelona, Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and others in addition to the Gunners, but it is Mikel Arteta’s team who make the headline.

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As we reported last month, Mikel Arteta has been following Gelabert’s UEFA Youth League performances in recent seasons, particularly in games against Chelsea and Spurs where he really caught the eye.