Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago is set to join Roma on loan with a view to a permanent deal after snubbing interest from Liverpool and Manchester City according to one of the Spanish club's agents.
Skysports.com reports how the 25-year-old Argentine international is on his way to Italy to discuss terms with the Serie A outfit ahead of a season-long loan deal with a view to a permanent €6million transfer next summer.
Liverpool are known to be long-term admirers of Gago, having been regularly linked with a move for the talented midfielder - but interest from Anfield appeared to have waned after the arrival of a number of midfield players on Merseyside this summer.
Reds boss Kenny Dalglish has been very active in the transfer market since his January return to Liverpool, and hasn't ruled out further signings before the close of the transfer window tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Manchester City are the other big-spenders this summer, having already made a club record £38million signing of Sergio Aguero from Atletico Madrid.
Citizens boss Roberto Mancini has also added the likes of Gael Clichy, Stefan Savic, and most recently Samir Nasri to his Etihad Stadium squad - and also appear to be on the verge of completing a free transfer deal for Owen Hargreaves.
However, one player they will not be signing, despite being heavily linked with a move for him, is Gago, after Ernesto Bronzetti, who works as an intermediary at the Bernabeu, told Tele Radio Stereo:
"There was the opportunity for Fernando to go to England, but when the player heard of Roma, he blocked any other case to give his all to Roma."