Arsenal attempted to sign Ricardo Carvalho from Chelsea in the summer transfer window, it has emerged.
According to an exclusive report from Sport.co.uk, there is a possibility the 32-year-old 'rejected' a switch to the Emirates Stadium in favour of a move to Real Madrid.
The Portugal international left Chelsea for Real in a deal worth £6.7 million, but it is now understood Arsenal had entered the race for his signature.
A source close to Arsenal reportedly told Sport.co.uk that Arsene Wenger made a move for the former Chelsea defender in order to bolster his depleted backline.
The Arsenal boss had seen Sol Campbell, Mikael Silvestre, William Gallas and Philippe Senderos all leave the club during the summer and allegedly identified Carvalho as the man to plug the gap.
However, Arsenal ultimately missed out on the ex-Porto ace - instead signing Sebastien Squillaci from Sevilla prior to the transfer window closing.
Wenger is expected to be in the market for defensive reinforcements again come January due to concerns over the long-term fitness of Arsenal favourite Thomas Vermaelen.
The Belgian is currently sidelined until the New Year at least after picking up an Achilles injury as Arsenal beat Blackburn 2-1 in August.
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