London, July 28 : Spanish football club Real Madrid has indicated that it may seek the services of Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas if it is unable to secure Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United.
Real chiefs have run out of patience with United's stance and Ronaldo's refusal to ask for a transfer, so they have made former Barcelona trainee Fabregas their new No 1 target.
Spanish sources are claiming to have made two approaches to Fabregas' representatives and were told he wants to stay at Arsenal for at least one more year.
But, as United will testify, Real do not give up easily and will try to prise him away before the August 31 transfer deadline.
The Gunners have had had to fight off repeated attempts by Barcelona to lure Fabregas back to Spain. He was one of the stars of the national team that won the Euro 2008 finals and most Spaniards want to see him back playing in his homeland.
But Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will not entertain any idea of selling his midfield maestro and will tell Real and Barca he is not for sale.
According to The Sun, Real are also keen on Valencia striker David Villa and have spoken to Hamburg about their midfield ace Rafael van der Vaart.
A fresh enquiry has been made to AC Milan over Brazilian superstar Kaka, while Werder Bremen's attacking midfielder Diego is another on the Real hit-list.