Arsenal are closely monitoring the situation of Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez and could make a bid for him should the opportunity beckons, as reported by the Spanish media.
The 24-year-old has also caught the attention of Premier League rival Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who has been a long time admirer of the player- and Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich.
He has Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez ahead of him in competing for space in the wide areas and has been limited to 11 starts for the Los Blancos this season.
His hope of securing during a place in the first-team after an impressing 39 appearances for Espanyol during his season-long loan last campaign was dashed but has shown some stellar performances during injuries to Bake and Cristiano Ronaldo.
A guarantee of first-team action slips not yet ascertained and Arsenal are aiming to capitalize on this by offering regular first-team football.
It is reported that Klopp has been keeping close tabs on Vazquez since his loan spell at Espanyol last season and is considering splashing £10 million in a bid to lure him to Anfield, according to the Express.
Vazquez might serve as an ideal replacement for Theo Walcott as Arsene Wenger prepares to strengthen the team ahead of next season. Walcott has dropped in form and has been inconsistent this season. The 26-year-old has also been linked a move to Manchester City this summer.
The former Southampton player has failed to make the expected progress at Arsenal and his delivery in matches has not really convinced the fans.
Vazquez pace, burning desire to win matches and an eye for goal will bring the much needed spark to the club’s attack.
His attacking rate is commendable, he has started in four of his last seven league appearances and scored or assisted in the last four La Liga matches. It is understood Real Madrid are not interested in selling the player but a good offer may tempt Real to release him.
Vazquez joined Real Madrid academy in 2007 at the age of 16 and moved through the ranks before being farmed out on loan to Espanyol to garner experience. He returned to his parent club this season.
Signing of Vazquez to the Emirates might require a slight amendment of style for Wenger to take on board but as long as he’s his he’s making an effort to sign in young, hungry and decent players to the club, his faithfulness at the Emirates will definitely give him the benefit of the doubt if they can see that