Real Madrid are plotting a move for Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta as a potential replacement for Carlo Ancelotti, according to reports.

Ancelotti and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez have consistently butted heads this season, with Perez disagreeing on the Italian’s team selection.

The Los Blancos president has reportedly expressed his desire to give the likes of Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos more game time.

Whilst Ancelotti has heavily relied on the ageing Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in midfield, with Perez believing their minutes should be reduced.

Tensions are now said to have reached boiling point, with Perez personally visiting the dressing room to speak with the manager following their goalless draw with Real Betis on Sunday, as per Football Espana.

The club are now seemingly on the lookout for a replacement and Arteta has been earmarked for the role, according to Spanish news outlet Remontada Blanca.

Arteta to Real Madrid?

Should Ancelotti leave the La Liga giants, the Arsenal boss has emerged as a top candidate for the job.

The Spaniard has led Arsenal to the top of the table in the Premier League table, as they eye their first domestic title since 2004.

Despite having the youngest team in the division, the Gunners have a five-point lead over reigning champions Manchester City, with Arteta earning plenty of praise.

Indeed, Ancelotti reckons he will be sacked by the club if he fails to deliver a trophy this season, as per Mario Cortegana of The Athletic.

Real are currently nine points adrift of first-placed Barcelona in La Liga as their hopes of defending the title fade away.

Meanwhile, a 1-0 defeat in El Classico earlier in the month saw them knocked out of the Copa del Rey, leaving the Champions League as their last feasible chance of silverware.