Arsenal's summer interest in Valencia defender Adil Rami could be revived after the centre half all but ended his hopes of a future at the Spanish club after heavily criticising manager Miroslav Djukic.
The Gunners were persistently linked with a move for the France international during the summer transfer window and the defender is now likely to be available as soon as the January transfer window after Valencia handed down a firm suspension for his misconduct.
The Daily Express suggest that the Gunners may look to take advantage of his spat with the club and lure Rami to north London when the transfer reopens.
The Former Lille centre half accused Djukic, who played for Valencia during their most successful period in recent years over a decade ago, of failing to address his players, insinuating there was nothing but confusion in the dressing room following the summer departures of respected Los Che stars Roberto Soldado and David Albeda.
Valencia responded by suspending Rami without pay, a punishment the Frenchman describes as "unfounded."
"I want to respond to the sanction imposed on by my club Valencia. It's an unfounded sanction that I disagree with," Rami said through a statement, AS report.
"I regret this situation that tarnishes my relationship with my club and its supporters, for whom I always work with the utmost respect and complete loyalty.
"This dispute will be settled in a sporting spirit and in dialogue with the club as I always hoped, and with the frankness which I'm characterised by."
The latest development in Rami's disintegrating relationship with Valencia comes after his claim that he is ready to leave the club for "big club in Europe," in a pivotal season in a World Cup year.
"I have not had my last words on the France team and I will consider this factor when choosing my future. England? Maybe. I need to be at a big club in Europe," Rami said in the summer.
Following an opening day loss to Aston Villa, Arsenal have won their last four Premier League games to lift themselves to the top of the table, ahead of arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur on goal difference.
The club's chairman Chips Keswick announced earlier this week that Arsene Wenger will have the funds needed to add to his squad during the January transfer window, and after strengthening his midfield and attack with the summer signings of Mesut Ozil, Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini, the Gunners boss may decide to add a further defensive recruit.