Real Madrid will trigger Mauro Icardi’s £96m release clause this summer, according to reports in Spain.
The Inter Milan striker has also been on the radar of Premier League sides with Arsenal and Manchester United showing a keen interest.
Spanish outlet Don Balon clalim Real Madrid chairman Florentino Perez is prepared to pay what it takes to bring the Argentina international to the Bernabeu in time for next season in what looks a necessary purchase.
Real looks set to allow Cristiano Ronaldo to leave the club this summer with the 33 year-old struggling for form this season, while Karim Benzema is also expected to depart after nine years at the club.
Madrid are performing poorly in La Liga. Zinedine Zidane’s side are just two points ahead of 5th placed Villarreal.
It means the club are desperate for a new superstar to fill the Portugal international’s boots. Icardi, 24, has netted a superb 89 times in 147 Serie A games.