Real Sociedad's Asier Illarramendi is the latest midfielder to be linked with a move to Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid.
The 23-year-old was a key fixture as La Real qualified for next season's Champions League and excelled for Spain's Under 21's this summer.
It is now being reported on SER (via Football-Espana.net) that Los Blancos fancy strengthening their midfield with the signing of Illarramendi.
He wouldn't come cheap, though; the San Sebastian club are under no pressure to accept anything which doesn't meet his €30 million release clause.
Arsenal, according to The Express, are also thought to be keen on the player.
UPDATE: MARCA suggest that Real Madrid are indeed ready to up their efforts to bring in Illarramendi this summer.
They say Ancelotti sat down to watch the European Under 21 final this summer, with the intention of watching Isco, Alvaro Morata and Marco Verratti. Instead he was blown away by la Real's midfielder, and has given Madrid the thumbs up to aggressively pursue him.
UPDATE: Amid reports Madrid will make an offer for Illarra, new la Real manager Jagoba Arrasate, via AS, has said that the Basque club "are not willing to negotiate with anyone." Although he did also admit that sometimes there are "factors in football which we cannot control."
UPDATE: MARCA are reporting that negotiations between the two clubs are well under way, with Real Madrid seemingly prepared to conclude a deal close to Illarramendi's €30 million release clause. The midfielder, despite wanting to help la Real's Champions League campaign, is thought to be happy to move this summer now, rather than run the risk of the Blancos signing Ilkay Gundogan next year.
---LAST UPDATED: Friday, 05 July 1000 ET---