Real Madrid could suffer another knock out in the race to sign Espanyol’s Mario Hermoso in January from the English Premier League.
The Whites are looking to widen their options in their backline after their shocking start in the first half of this La Liga campaign that had fans cupping their mouth with their hands out of astonishment.
Real Madrid cut off ties with former boss Julen Lopetegui after his horrible start this campaign, replacing him with Santiago Scolari.
The three-time European Champions also lost Ronaldo to Juventus this summer.
The move has been pinned to a raft of irreconcilable differences between the five-time FIFA Balon d’Or winner and club president Florentino Pérez.
A comeback is steaming and Real are keen on tying loose ends before the turn of the year.
The Spanish football powerhouse looked favourites to land Hermoso in January, but could receive a knock back, should Arsenal lay their hands on him first.
Unai Emery is a huge Hermoso fan and reports in media outlets hint that he could play a big influence in deciding his next club, as Arsenal are fancied favourites to knock Real out of the race for the youngster.
Madrid could get him for a cheap due to a buy-back clause, but Arsenal will have to cough up around 50 million euros, to push the deal through.