With concerns over Jack Wilshere's recovery, Arsenal are reportedly interested in opening talks with Real Madrid over young midfielder Esteban Granero for £6 million.
An Arsenal delegation, led by transfer negotiator Richard Law, was in Madrid last week to begin talks with the Spanish-club giants for the young talent, who Gunners' boss Arsene Wenger has marked as a potential January signing.
With Wilshere out of action for at least another four months, the Gunners believe Granero can help ease some pressure off midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta.
Real Madrid have valued Granero at £6 million, although they're hopeful that the price rise amid negotiations. Real Madrid reportedly told the Gunners that they intend to keep the 24-year-old until the end of the season, though he has been used sparingly by manager Jose Mourinho.
The young Spaniard, who made 32 appearances for Real Madrid last season, mainly as a substitute, has recently played just seven minutes in two matches off the bench. Bringing him to the Emirates may seem like a good prospect for the Gunners as Wilshere, even with a smooth ankle surgery recovery, is set to be out for a total of seven months.
The Gunners, however, will know that bidding for the youngster will not be easy as he has also attracted attention from high-spending Spanish club Malaga, according to a Goal.com report.
El Pirata, has been lauded for his versatility and his skill at playing as an attacking midfielder, with his best traits being passing, technique, and shooting.
With a strong contingent of midfielder, Granero might be lost in the shuffle. When he played for La Liga club Getafe, he scored nine goals in 62 matches, but has made just 52 appearances for Real Madrid and has managed only four goals.