Spanish newspaper Marca claims Real Madrid are preparing for the exit of Sami Khedira.
The German has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal thought to be the front runners in the race to sign him.
Marca suggests that Real Madrid are looking at Cruzeiro holding player Lucas Silva as an alternative to Khedira, who could seal his exit if the Brazilian club do business with the European champions.
Arsene Wenger was heavily criticised over the summer for not signing a holding player.
Calum Chambers was brought in from Southampton but no alternative to Mathieu Flamini or Mikel Arteta in the holding role was drafted in for the squad.
However, various reports have suggested that Arsenal have already agreed a deal in principle with Khedira should Real Madrid agree to sell the German to the Gunners.
That deal is thought to be worth in the region of £100,000 per week, which represents half of the original amount that Khedira was reportedly asking for.
Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez has never been one for allowing his club to do big business before replacements have been drafted in so Khedira’s exit could be unlikely until a deal for Silva has been signed off.
A good example is the deal, which saw Mesut Ozil go to Arsenal, which was enabled when Gareth Bale officially arrived from Tottenham Hotspur.
Khedira would be a top quality signing for Arsenal but it seemingly depends on the negotiations that would take place between Cruzeiro and Real Madrid over any deal for Silva.