Bernabeu duo on Emirates Stadium radar.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly keen on luring two Real Madrid players as he looks at strengthening his squad. The Gunners manager is keen to bring in an experienced centre back to boost his defensive options and has earmarked a move for SpaniardRaul Albiol who is very much a peripheral figure at the Bernabeu.
The Frenchman is also looking at re-igniting his interest in young starlet Sergio Canales but a move for the talented attacker may have to wait until next summer as he is currently on a season long loan at Valencia, where he has proved an instant hit.
Though Wenger purchased German giant Per Mertesacker in August he has failed to see his back line stem the tide and has seen his back-line concede a remarkable 21 goals in ten Premier League matches.
Whilst Laurent Koscielny has look assured, Mertesacker is still finding his feet and yet to adapt to life in the Premier League. Thomas Vermaelen is still a big injury concern and Sebastian Squillaci is reportedly likely to be offloaded. Johan Djouou has been employed as a right back, such have been the injury problems Wenger has had to deal with this season.
Albiol arrived at Real Madrid in 2009 but has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the first team and seems to be surplus to requirements under the Jose Mourinho regime. The former Valencia man has made just two appearances this season and the 26 year old may well be interested in a move to the Premier League. The fact that the Spanish international can play at right back and in a defensive midfield role make him all the more attractive a signing to Wenger.
20 year old Canales has similarly struggled to make an impact at the Spanish giants and is enjoying his taste of La Liga action at the Mestalla. Wenger may enquire into the availability of the former Racing Santander man at the end of the season as he is a player that the Arsenal boss has scouted extensively in the past and now seeing the adaptable attacker performing well on a regular basis an offer next summer is a distinct possibility.