Real Madrid are launching a £25 million bid for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie The Daily Express says Van Persie has shot to the top of Real Madrid's wanted list and Arsenal fear the striker may be tempted by a move to Spain.

Madrid had been battling Barcelona to try to sign Neymar from Santos, but it now seems the Brazilian is destined for the Nou Camp.

That has made Van Persie Madrid's No 1 target and the La Liga leaders will test Arsenal's resolve to keep him with a £25 million bid, with Manchester City's Sergio Aguero also among the Spanish club's top targets.