Since Euro 2016, Andre Gomes has been one of the most coveted midfielders in Europe.
Chelsea, Manchester United, Juventus and even Barcelona are thought to be interested in the 22-year-old after his heroics in guiding an unfancied Portugal side to glory at this summer's European Championships.
However, they all look like being beaten to secure the Valencia star's signature by Real Madrid.
According to Marca, Zinedine Zidane's side have stolen a march on their European rivals and are closing in on the Portuguese international's signature.
It is going to cost them a significant figure to bring Gomes to the Bernabeu with Valencia initially slapping a price tag of €65 million on their main man.
Nevertheless, Los Blancos are confident of negotiating Gomes' valuation down to €50 million with potential add-ons making the overall deal worth approximately €5 million less than Valencia's estimation.
Zidane and the Madrid hierarchy see Gomes as the perfect Luka Modric alternative.
That suggestion does the Croatian a slight injustice though. He hasn't even turned 31 yet and if his performances at Euro 2016 are anything to go by, there is still plenty of gas in the tank for the ex-Tottenham midfielder yet.
It isn't the first time Madrid have made an effort to sign Gomes. Marca also claim they were interested 12 months ago but Valencia were unwilling to let him leave for anything less than €80 million.
It will come as a big blow to Antonio Conte who would have liked Gomes as another midfield option at Chelsea.
Conte's new club did secure the signing of N'Golo Kante last weekend and signing the Portuguese would have sent another statement of intent to both his Premier League rivals and current Blues stars.
Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic suffered disappointing campaigns last time out and the Serb has been continuously linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge throughout the summer.
Another midfield addition would almost spell the end for Matic and put more pressure on Fabregas to find the consistency that earned him so many plaudits two years ago.