Talk Sport are today reporting that Real Madrid are mulling over making a bid for Benfica star man Axel Witsel.
It is being suggested that it will take around £31 million to lure the 23-year-old away from the Portuguese side and Real are keen to come up with the cash to secure his services.
Witsel had a superb campaign for Benfica last season after joining from Belgium side Standard Liege just a year ago.
The La Liga team are now looking to make a move for the midfielder and are prepared to pay a massive amount for the Belgian international.
Real are of course looking to retain their league title this campaign and make a challenge for the Champions League and should they complete this signing and that of Luka Modric from Tottenham, will certainly show their intentions for the year.
This deal could mean that Manchester United may have to look elsewhere in the transfer window.
Sir Alex Ferguson had been reportedly keeping tabs of Witsel but should Jose Mourinho come in for him with this large amount of money, United will have to lose out on their long-term target.
Ferguson is looking to find a replacement for Darren Fletcher, who doesn’t look like returning to action anytime soon after his abdominal injury.