Real Madrid are reported to have held preliminary talks with the representatives of Edinson Cavani, as the Spanish giants contest Chelsea for the signature of the Napoli striker.
According to The Guardian, Los Blancos have entered the race to sign the Uruguayan during the summer transfer window, and the club are ready to activate the release clause written into Cavani's contract.
Cavani can be bought out of his deal with Napoli if a club can offer £53.6 million, with Real Madrid reportedly more likely to do so than Chelsea if the Santiago Bernabeu club formalise their interest in the player.
Real Madrid had been due to speak to the agents of Cavani late last month, but the club were occupied with negotiations over the departure of Jose Mourinho and the re-election of president Florentino Perez.
With both issues now resolved, Real Madrid are now reportedly ready to push through a move for Cavani, although Mourinho is intent beating his former club to the signing of the 26-year-old forward.
Unlike Madrid, however, Chelsea have been unwilling to match the buyout clause for Cavani, but instead favouring to offer a player plus cash in the hope of winning the race for the Uruguay international.
Chelsea are reported to have made a bid of £34 million and Fernando Torres, but this was rejected by Napoli who are now managed by former Blues manager Rafael Benitez.