And according to UOL Sport, head coach Unai Emery tried his luck with an ambitious effort to land the teenage winger.
Emery was reportedly facing heavy competition from former side Paris Saint-Germain, who were also thought to have contacted Los Blancos.
But Real Madrid are determined to hold on to the star they paid Flamengo £38 million for, making Vinicius one of the world’s most expensive teenagers.
The club understandably want to develop their player, who is regarded as the ‘next Neymar’ by many in Brazil.
In spite of not landing Vinicius, the Gunners did enjoy a fine summer transfer market. As well as clearing out plenty of deadwood, the club recruited well.