Highly rated 22-year-old Alan Santos has confirmed that Spanish giants Real Madrid have made an offer to sign him.

The Santos midfielder, who recently broke through in the Brazilian side's first-team, is reportedly considering the move that would initially be on loan with the view to a permanent deal.

The Brazilian had revealed that Real scouts have been monitoring his progress: "After the Barcelona match they made an offer for me.

"They watched me in three games in a row when I played as a starter against Portuguesa, Coritiba and Crac."

The defensive midfielder is thrilled to be spotted and says its a dream move for him.

"I am very happy, I am a reserve player and Real Madrid are interested in me. "It's of course a dream, but it's in God's hands. If I have to go now, I will. If not, I can go later," he added.

The news comes on the same day that the Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that midfielder Xabi Alsono had broken his foot while taking part in training - ruling him out for up to three months.

The setback means Ancelotti will be needing a new midfielder to fill the void and the Italian is keen to agree a deal for Santos.

Meanwhile, Madrid's pursuit of Tottenham's Gareth Bale may have turned a corner as the clubs have reportedly agreed a £93million plus Fabio Coentrao deal for the Welshman.

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