Arsenal has made an enquiry for long-term target Adrian Lopez – but the Gunners do not want to pay his £14million buy-out clause.
The Londoners have been trailing Atletico Madrid striker Lopez for months and he is high on their list of potential January transfer targets.
Although he is a full Spain international, 24-year-old Lopez is only a bit-part player for Atletico and could be allowed to go in January, but Arsenal are reluctant to trigger the clause as they try to work out whether a deal can be done.
Wenger’s scouting network have repeatedly watched Lopez and Atletico may choose to part with him rather than superstar Colombian hitman Radamel Falcao as they seek to offset financial problems at the club.
Arsenal are trying to bring in a new striker, even though Theo Walcott has been in sparkling form recently when used as a centre-forward.