Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has revealed that the club could sign Hamburg forward Rafael van der Vaart this weekend.
The Dutch international has repeatedly been linked with a move to Madrid, and the Primera Liga champions have already had a €6million bid rejected.
Reports in Spain suggest an improved bid of €10million has been accepted, and Calderon is confident Van der Vaart will soon become a Madrid player.
“That’s certainly a possibility and we are waiting to come to an agreement with Hamburg,” he told AS. “It’s an operation that isn’t causing difficulties.
“He’s a player that (coach Bernd) Schuster likes a lot and he is within our range, that’s true. But what we are not going to do is sign a centre-forward. This I can definitively declare.
“We have four extraordinary strikers. Raul and (Ruud) Van Nistelrooy are still the best in Europe, this will be (Javier) Saviola’s year and offers of up to €25million are coming in for (Gonzalo) Higuain – a kid of 20 years who is of superb class.
“If a fifth striker comes in we would have to kill of one of those lads. We won’t do that.’