Mali international midfielder Mahamadou Diarra has agreed personal terms with Real Madrid and will sign a five-year deal with the Spanish club.
Diarra’s club Lyon agreed to sell to Real for a reported £17m after the midfielder threatened to go on strike.
“Our coach Fabio Capello had asked for him because he considered him to be essential,” Real president Ramon Calderon told the club’s website.
“Capello thinks he’ll be key in helping form a solid block in midfield.
“Capello thinks he will be a key player in helping form a solid block in the centre of midfield where he will provide a lot of help to both Emerson and to the back four,” said Calderon.
“He will help us correct our weaknesses of previous seasons. Capello has always said that we will concede very few goals this season and I’m really excited because I think he is a great player.”
Diarra is the fourth player Calderon has signed since being elected president in July, and the Real president hinted there may be more arrivals before the transfer window closes on 31 August.
“There’s a week or so left until we finalise the squad and I think we will be able to provide the fans with another reason to celebrate before then,” said Calderon.