Arsenal Prepared for £45m Real Madrid Bid for Emirates Pair

Jose Mourinho keen on bring Emirates Stadium duo to the Bernabeu.

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Real Madrid are reportedly make moves to sign Arsenal pair Robin Van Persie and Gael Clichy this summer as Jose Mourinho looks to make improvements to his Bernabeu side. The Emirates duo are being targeted to help boost a squad that looks likely to lose the La Liga title to arch rivals Barcelona for the third straight year.

Mourinho has suffered with a lack of attacking options that have cost the Spanish giants dearly as they have lost ground to their free scoring Nou Camp foes. An already threadbare front line was made even more impotent when Gonzalo Higuain was forced out with a lengthy injury leaving misfiring French international Karim Benzema to hold the fort for large chunks of the season.

Emmanuel Adebayor has been brought in as a short term solution but the Real Madrid boss covets Dutchman Van Persie who has been in fine form this season since returning from injury in November and Mourinho hopes to tempt the former Feyenoord man to leave the Gunners after almost seven years at the North London club.

Real Madrid are also strongly linked with a move for left back Gael Clichy who Mourinho feels would offer a competitive threat to first choice starter Marcelo who has on occasion been exposed for his overly attacking forays and his lack of positional sense.

A move for the pair would cost upwards of £45m but finances would not appear to be an issue as Real Madrid President Florentino Perez looks prepared to offer his manager a large transfer fund in the summer in order to help wrestle back dominance from their Catalan rivals.

Arsene Wenger will look to fight off advances for the Arsenal stars but could in theory effectively replace Clichy with promising England international Kieran Gibbs whereas the loss of Van Persie would clearly be a much tougher pill to swallow.

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