Arsenal have opened talks with Real Madrid for Esteban Granero in January as the London side look to ease the pressure on their midfield as they continue to do without star midfielder Jack Wilshire.
Manger Arsene Wenger has targeted Granero, a former Real youth-team player who returned to the club last year, as the ideal player to slot into his midfield. An Arsenal team led by Richard Law was in Madrid last week to begin negotiations with Real officials.
Madrid value Granero at around £6million and would, in an ideal world, keep hold of Granero until the summer, but are resigned to loosing him before that, most likely in January.
The Spainish Under-21 international played in 32 matches for Real last season, mainly as a substitute, however he has fallen down the pecking order this season , playing just seven minutes for the first team in two substitute appearances.