According to AS, Colombian hotshot Radamel Falcao, of AS Monaco, will be the subject of Real Madrid interest as manager Carlo Ancelotti reportedly recognises the need to sign a high quality box-striker in order to not only replace, but improve the substitute option that outbound Spaniard Alvaro Morata solely represents.
The publication, based in Spain, speculates that the player himself would prefer a transfer to La Liga over a move to any club in the Premier League - and the 28-year-old has "rebuffed offers" from Chelsea, who instead elected to pursue Diego Costa, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, while Liverpool too "made enquiries" in the event "Luis Suarez was lured away from Anfield."
But if that were the case and, considering Arsenal's pressing need for quality to lead their blessed midfielders, why haven't Arsenal approached Monaco over the player's status?
Any bid for Falcao would need to far exceed £50 million - an amount the Gunners can easily afford considering the plentiful transfer funds oft promised by the board to Arsene Wenger.
Earlier in the year, it was revealed that there could be a minimum transfer kitty of £120 million, while chairman Sir Chips Keswick proclaimed that, should Wenger want to, there would be backing to break the club transfer record for a second summer running.
Considering the increasing accuracy of Theo Walcott's crosses from wide positions, the intricate midfield play from Arsenal's three in Wenger's 4-2-3-1 and Mesut Ozil's prolific chance creating, a player with the positional sense and predatory box-poaching skills of Falcao, an old school number nine, would relish such abundant service.
While Falcao was still effective last season, it was really at Atletico Madrid where the experienced attacker demonstrated how prolific he can be. Falcao returned 28 goals from 34 La Liga appearances - an effiiciency of a goal scored every 103 minutes.