Real Madrid have emerged as suitors for Porto midfielder and Arsenal target Hector Herrera, according to reports in Portugal.
Porto captain Herrera, 28, is out of contract in the summer, and having shown no interest in extending his stay in Portugal, has attracted the attention of several European clubs.
Arsenal were understood to be among the leading contenders for his signature, but O Jogo claim that Spanish giants Real have joined the race for the Mexican.
Herrera will be available on a free transfer, and has been suggested as a potential replacement for Aaron Ramsey, who is expected to leave Arsenal in the summer when his own contract also expires. However, the latest reports indicate that Arsenal will have a job on their hands if they are to land the vastly experienced Porto star.
In addition, Lyon have also expressed their interest in Herrera, who impressed in Mexico’s run to the Round of 16 at this summer’s World Cup.
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