Bayern Munich financial director Jan-Christian Dreesen has revealed that the club are close to bringing Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso to Germany.
The former Liverpool star is set for a medical and to discuss personal terms just days before the end of the transfer window.
The 32-year-old will join fellow Spaniards Pepe Reina, Juan Bernat, Thiago and Javi Martinez at the club under coach Pep Guardiola.
A deal for Alonso had been struck “in principle” with Madrid, according to Dreesen, who also oversaw the signing of Mehdi Benatia earlier this week.
The defender joined from Roma for £20.7million and the Bavarians, 1.10 to win the Bundesliga, were thought to be finished in the transfer market.
However, Alonso appears to be unwilling to play a squad role under Carlo Ancelotti at the Santiago Bernabeu. And with Sami Khedira now set to stay, the Spaniard is also behind new summer signing Toni Kroos.
Alonso has spent five years at Real Madrid since leaving Liverpool in 2009 and he only signed a new deal with the Spanish giants in January.
The holding midfielder announced his retirement from international football on Wednesday and could now be set to finish his career in the Bundesliga.
While Alonso looks set to join Bayern, the deal could force Xherdan Shaqiri out of Bayern.
The Swiss star has been linked with a move all summer and a number of clubs in Italy are interested in his signature.