Arsenal rival Real Madrid for unhappy Man City midfielder De Jong

Arsenal are eyeing Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong.

The Mirror says De Jong could leave Manchester City for Real Madrid in January after Jose Mourinho scouted the tough-tackling midfielder.

The combative Dutchman has fallen out of favour at the Etihad and is also frustrated because City are refusing to renegotiate a £55,000-a-week contract he wants doubled.

Arsenal are also reportedly interested in the 26-year-old, who could become Jack Wilshere's enforcer at the Emirates.

Real had De Jong watched in City's Champions League win over Villarreal and are mulling over a £20million offer.

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