Real Madrid could be set to sign Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa as early as next week.
The Spanish right-back could be about to make a return to his native country in a deal worth around €5 million (£4.5m), according to a report in The Sun today.
Officials at the Santiago Bernabeu have recently expressed their ongoing interest in signing the former Deportiva La Coruna stopper this summer.
Los Merengues' sporting director, Jorge Valdano, said, "Arbeloa is a basic part of our plans."
Fellow director Miguel Pardeza commented in the last few days, "Liverpool do not really have the desire to let him go, even though he has just a year left on his contract.
"But there is a month to go in the market and anything can change, and I would not deny that we would very much like to have Arbeloa."
Meanwhile, Arbeloa's agent, Manuel Garcia Quillon, has said he expects the matter to be resolved soon.
"Discussions with Real are not over and I expect a solution early next week," Quillon said.
Liverpool have already installed a replacement for Arbeloa in the form of ex-Portsmouth defender Glen Johnson.
Jamie Dunn, Goal.com