Arsenal Fail In Loan Bid For Real Madrid Defender

Raul Albiol would boost Emirates Stadium ranks.

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Reports are circulating that Arsenal have had a loan bid for Real Madrid centre half Raul Albiol rejected by the Spanish club.

The Gunners are searching the market for a centre back on loan, with Sebastien Squillaci proving largely useless and Thomas Vermaelen still out of action.

The 25 year-old was one of the most sought after defenders in Europe before his €15m transfer to Real Madrid from Valencia, and his ability to play in defensive midfield and at right back would certainly come in handy.

However, his wages are the apparent sticking point of the deal, with Arsenal hoping Real Madrid could chip in with a percentage to help the deal go through, while Jose Mourinho’s testy relationship with Arsene Wenger has not aided matters.

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