And given the Premier League clubs being linked with his name – both Arsenal and Chelsea – they expect to be able to turn a tidy profit.
Verdict: Hasn’t got the goals to back up obvious talent. Madrid hold all the cards and Arsenal might be better pursuing other targets.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, Paris Saint-Germain
It would be perhaps the most sensational signing of Wenger’s career.
The Swede almost signed for the Gunners back in 2000 but according to the player Wenger never made a serious offer. “Zlatan doesn’t do auditions,” Ibrahimovic said of the encounter.
However, the enigmatic striker is desperate to play in the Premier League and the clock is now running down on his career.
His contract at PSG expires this summer, there is no sign of a new deal begin struck and his career goal-scoring record – 232 league goals in 333 games – speaks for itself.
Verdict: Ibrahimovic’s ego might stop him playing the rotation game with Giroud but equally the chance to play in the Premier League won’t come along many more times for him. Massive wages will cancel out lack of transfer fee.