Real Madrid are seeking to reinforce the left-back position in the winter transfer market and they have made Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal one of their priorities.
Sources from the Santiago Bernabeu have revealed the Spaniard is one of the players Real directors are looking at, and they would be ready to offer the former Osasuna man a juicy contract.
Rafa Benitez wants a man who can replace Marcelo in minor games, so the Brazilian can be completely fit and rested for the important matches.
Fabio Coentrao left in the summer and Benitez thought Nacho Fernandez and Alvaro Arbeloa could play that role, but the injury problems the team is suffering have proved him wrong.
Los Blancos have had a few names in their wish-list for a while, including Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno, Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodriguez and Bayern Munich’s David Alaba.
Spanish newspapers have claimed Rodriguez is Florentino Perez’s preffered option, but Monreal has recently emerged as another big candidate for the job. Yet, Arsenal will not let him go easily, so Perez will have to make a high bid in order to bring the Gunner to Madrid.
Monreal joined Arsenal from Malaga in the summer of 2012 and has made 102 appearances for the North-London side in four seasons, scoring two goals.