La Liga side Atletico Madrid are looking to potential replacements and have indicated German midfielder Patrick Ebert as Adrian Lopez's move to Arsenal seemingly edges closer.
Spanish winger Adrian Lopez has been linked with a move to Arsene Wenger's side since last summer and reports in Spain have now indicated that Atletico Madrid are resigned to losing the 24-year-old.
The former Deportivo man has been locked in talks with the capital club since the summer over a new deal even though his current one expires in two years but talks have now broken down and it is expected that Diego Simeone's side will no longer attempt to renew his deal.
That then indicates that Arsenal will be allowed to sign the forward if they make the correct bid and even if they don't in the January transfer window, Atletico are believed to be certain that a summer move will materialise.
The Spaniard has been a shadow of the player he was last season for Atleti and has struggled to find playing time under Simeone after the impressive form of Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao but that has not stopped Arsenal from showing interest.
The Gunners' had initially indicated David Villa as their number one target but after receiving a back-off message from Barcelona, Arsene Wenger is now ready to spend big on Adrian and offer a bid of £12m to bolster his attacking options.
Therefore, the Madrid based club have indicated German winger Patrick Ebert as a replacement and have gone as far to approach Real Valladolid about the possibility of signing the former Hertha Berlin man.
Ebert joined Valladolid on a free transfer last summer and has been in superb form this season, scoring two against Mallorca at the weekend to gain praise amongst several Spanish outlets.
Valladolid are expected to allow Ebert to move on but only for the £8m release clause set in his contract, 65% of which they will receive if they sell him on.
Ebert has five goals and five assists in just 14 league games this season and is a firm reason behind Valladolid's impressive return to La Liga.
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