Close allies of the Arsenal boss urged him to bring in a big-name star during a meeting at the club’s London Colney training complex last week.
And, on the back of that gathering, Wenger has made an enquiry about the former world player of the year.
The 29-year-old is available after Real boss Jose Mourinho told the Brazilian international he was no longer part of his plans at the Bernabeu.
But the Spanish giants were initially only interested in selling the player.
Now president Florentino Perez, who was instrumental in the £56m signing of Kaka from AC Milan two years ago, has agreed to sanction a loan deal – providing any interested party agrees to pay all of the player’s wages.