Arsene Wenger may have to fight off a bid in excess of £30million from Real Madrid for Robin Van Persie in January according to the London Metro.
Los Blancos boss Jose Mourinho has been monitoring the situation in north London with interest as he contemplates an offer for the 28-year-old Dutchman when the transfer window reopens.
It has been well documented that the Arsenal captain will be entering the final 18 months of his Gunners contract at the turn of the year, and having already stated he is in no hurry to open negotiations over a new deal, his future at the Emirates Stadium has been cast into doubt.
Van Persie's match-winning performance in the Barclays Premier League victory over Sunderland last weekend was proof that he remains very much committed to the Arsenal cause, but Wenger will be desperate not to find himself in the same situation as the Samir Nasri debacle last summer.
The Gunners are desperate for the in-form striker to sign a new contract, but after Van Persie made his intentions clear to stall until the end of the current campaign, when he will be able to review the ambition of the football club further - Arsenal may be forced into a sale.
With a number of key players also entering the last 18months of their respective deals, the north Londoners will be looking to act quickly on the confirmation that defensive stalwart Thomas Vermaelen has signed a new contract in a bid to encourage fellow Gunners to follow suit.