Real make Reyes enquiry
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Real Madrid have reportedly stepped up their pursuit of Jose Antonio Reyes.Real Madrid have reportedly stepped up their pursuit of Arsenal attacker Jose Antonio Reyes.
The Spain international appears to be a prime summer target for Real, who look poised to endure a second successive season without a major trophy.
Reyes has been pinpointed as a player who could help to bring silverware back to El Santiago Bernabeu and rumours claim Real have been in contact with The Gunners.
The club's sporting director Emilio Butragueno is purported to have contacted Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein over the weekend.
Butragueno asked Dein how much The Gunners wanted for the 21-year-old but was met with a firm rebuttal by the deposed Premiership champions.
That is unlikely to dissuade Real from furthering their interest at the end of the season and they could play on Reyes' desire to be part of Los Galacticos.
Reyes has repeatedly professed a willingness to return to La Liga to play for Real and the former Sevilla ace may want to listen to any proposal.
Only last month, the young forward conceded he would be interested in any offer from Real, despite acknowledging his happiness at Highbury.
Though Arsenal have fended off Real for now, they may have a fight to keep the Spanish giants at arm's length in the summer.
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