Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric, who is a target for Manchester United, will reportedly be sold to Real Madrid this summer.
According to The Guardian, former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas, who has held talks with Tottenham about replacing Harry Redknapp, but is threatening to pull out of discussions after discovering the north London club are still speaking to other candidates at the same time as talking to him about the job, believes Modric will be moving to the Spanish capital this summer.
The development comes after Modric’s friend and former international team-mate, Mate Bilic, revealed the Croatia international is keen on a move to La Liga.
The 26-year-old is known to want to be playing in the Champions League next season, with a move away from White Hart Lane widely expected.
Man Utd have been widely seen as frontrunners in the race to sign the midfielder for some time, but Spain's assistant coach Paco Jimenez last week claimed Barcelona scouts are keeping tabs on the player during Euro 2012.
Despite the interest from Camp Nou, according to Thursday's report, Madrid's move to sign Modric has been confirmed to Villas-Boas, who at time of writing remains the bookmakers' favourite to be installed as Tottenham's next manager.
"I’m very good friends with Modric," Sporting Gijon striker Bilic had been quoted as saying at the weekend.
"He wants to play in the Spanish league. He loves the Premier League but he wants to play in Spain. He’s very close to agreeing a move."
When learning of Barcelona's interest, Modric had last week told reporters: "Of course, I love to hear things like that, but it just motivates me more to play better and show that I can be even more dangerous."