Reports in Spain suggested Manchester United had ramped up their efforts to land Sergio Reguilon in a £23million deal.
One key stumbling block to an agreement was Madrid’s insistence on putting a buy-back clause in the deal, which United was firmly against.
But as reported on Friday, Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was happy to be flexible and exclude the clause in order to help push the transfer through.
Since then Marca has claimed talks are at a well-advanced stage and United are now in the driving seat to seal Reguilon’s signature.
Should the deal progress, it means a move for Burnley’s Dwight McNeil may be off the cards given the lack of funds to complete a transfer.
Sean Dyche spoke of how it would take an ‘extortionate offer’ to prise the winger away from Turf Moor, with it becoming increasingly likely McNeil will stay with the club for at least a further year.