Arsenal are waiting to pounce for Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria and have tabled a formal bid for the Argentinian - but must wait for Gareth Bale's switch to Spain to be confirmed before finding out if they will get their man.
Goal claim that Arsenal are interested in snapping up Di Maria, whose place could be under threat when Bale completes his move to the Bernabeu as expected, and have made a bid in the region of £25.6 million, or €30 million.
While the Gunners have been linked with both Mesut Ozil and Karim Benzema a deal for Di Maria seems the most likely of the three, although the player himself has repeatedly said he has no desire to leave Spain.
"I understand the club are strengthening and they are precise in what they do," he said on Monday. "But I signed a contract until 2018 a year ago and my desire is to stay in the Bernabeu.”
Goal say that Madrid have made Arsenal aware that Di Maria is available for the right price, but any deal will only take place once Bale's with from rivals Tottenham to Madrid is completed and the offer has not been accepted as yet.
After a lengthy summer saga that appears to be on the verge of happening, with Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas confirming a record-breaking transfer is "very close".
Arsenal are yet to make a major signing this summer having missed out on Gonzalo Higuiain and Luis Suarez, and are running out of time with the transfer window slamming shut on Monday.
The Gunners have been linked with moves for Yohan Cabaye from Newcastle, while they could step up their search for a new striker after it was confirmed Lukas Podolski will be out for 10 weeks with a hamstring injury.
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