Zinedine Zidane has set his sights on Arsenal’s target Dominik Szoboszlai as he looks to add new faces to his struggling Real Madrid squad.
The Gunners have been associated with the Red Bull Salzburg star for several weeks.
His impressive performance has caught the attention of a number of top European clubs and his £ 18 million price tag is considered a bargain.
Szoboszlai has spoken internally with his club and expressed a desire to continue.
Arsenal are in the market for a creative midfielder and would certainly have the budget to pay the Hungarian.
But Zidane has been on the phone this week in an attempt to close the deal, Bild reports.
The Madrid boss tried to convince Szoboszlai that a move to the Bernabeu is the next step in his career.
Repelling interest from Los Blancos could prove too much of a challenge for Arsenal if they are to continue the move.
Salzburg’s sporting director Christoph Freund admitted last month that he expected Szoboszlai to join a “big club”.
“Of course you want to have the player in the club for as long as possible,” he told Sky Sport Austria.
“On the other hand, it is also healthy if he takes the next step at the right time.
“Let’s see what happens in winter, but chances are he will move to a big club.
“That is definitely the next step in the development so that he can use this potential and this performance in every race.”
Los Blancos have had a bad start in defending their crown in La Liga.
They have lost three of their ten games and are already seven points behind in first place.