Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly contacted the agent of Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos with a view to a move to the Emirates Stadium.
According to the Mirror, the Spanish defender could leave the Santiago Bernabeu soon as talks over a new contract have broken down with the club.
The north London club have had wretched luck when it comes to injuries this season, especially in defence, as the club haven't been able to play their first-choice back four since the start of September following Mathieu Debuchy's injury. Though he has since returned to action, French defender Laurent Koscielny has been sidelined due to an Achilles problem.
Wenger also recently admitted that his defence lacked the leadership and communication to see out games following the late goal conceded in the 2-2 draw to Liverpool at Anfield.
"They should be talking, yes. Maybe they do talk but it doesn't look like that when you look at the pictures. Of course it's important to have someone organizing," Wenger said.
"You want somebody to take the leadership there," the Frenchman added.
The Gunners boss indicated that he will sign a defender during the January transfer window to bring in cover for the injured Koscielny, and thus has been linked to various players in recent months.
According to Spanish journalist Manuel Esteban Manolete, who writes for AS, Wenger has contacted Ramos' representatives to gauge their interest in a move to Arsenal.
"Wenger has called Rene Ramos, the agent and brother of Sergio Ramos," Esteban Manolete said, as quoted by the Mirror.
Ramos has been one of the most impressive performers for Real in recent seasons and played a key role in helping the club lift the Champions League trophy for the tenth time last season and was also named Player of the Tournament in the recently concluded Club World Cup which the Spanish capital club won by beating San Lorenzo in the final.