Arsenal transfer target Lucas Silva has revealed his desire to play for current European champions Real Madrid.
The Cruzeiro midfielder has been linked with a host of English clubs throughout the last few months, but has his sights firmly set on a move to the Spanish capital.
And with Luka Modric and James Rodriguez currently sidelined, Carlo Ancelotti may make his move in January as he continues to tinker with the best side on the planet.
Speaking to Spanish newspaper Marca, Silva has spoken of his wish to one day don the famous white jersey of Los Blancos.
"I dream of Real Madrid. I'm ready to play there, whether it's now or in June," he said.
However with the likes of Modric, Toni Kroos, Asier Illarramendi and Sami Khedira in their ranks already much may hinge on if a slot become available, which it may well do if Khedira departs the Spanish capital to Borussia Dortmund in the New Year.
Any such move for the German may see Marco Reus head in the other direction and become the latest Galactico signing for club President Florentino Perez.
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Arsenal are in the market for a holding midfielder having missed out on Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin in the summer, but may find Silva's latest comments hard to swallow.
They are also interested in snaring Khedira, having come close to landing the 27-year-old back in pre-season, though are also monitoring the Real Madrid's star's teammate Christoph Kramer as a possible alternative.
Arsene Wenger has been widely criticised for his failure to strengthen in that department, and needs to splash the cash with the Gunner's current languishing in sixth in the Premier League table, two points behind fourth-placed West Ham United.
That sluggish start has seen them already firmly out of the title race before any presents are opened on Christmas day, and with no guarantee of European football Silva may opt for the sunny shores of Spain instead.
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