Arsenal were also keen to sign Karim Benzema from Real Madrid who are willing to make player sales should they complete a world-record deal for Bale but the France striker has made it clear that he wants to stay.
Özil and Di María however would be available at a combined price of around £60 million and Arsenal are ready to bid. The complication for Arsenal is that the timescale is being dictated by Tottenham with Real almost certain to keep both Özil and Di María unless they sign Bale.
Although Arsène Wenger’s priority this summer had been to recruit a world class centre-forward he would regard Özil as an option he has to pursue if he does become available.
Özil is a specialist in the playmaker role vacated by Cesc Fabregas and although Santi Cazorla can also play in that position both players can operate across the three attacking midfield positions.
Wenger also believes that Di María would add pace and a very different option to the left side of his attack.
The potential signi...