Real Madrid are reported to be on the verge of signing Portuguese defender Abel Xavier.

The 31-year-old is still under contract with Liverpool, but the Anfield club are prepared to release a player who was loaned out to Galatasaray last season.

Xavier has been training with Brazilian side Sao Paulowith a view to securing a move, but now looks pised moveto Madrid as defensive cover for Carlos Queiroz’s side.