Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy is keen on a move to Real Madrid, according to the player’s agent.

The 30-year-old has handed in a transfer request at Old Trafford, with Real and Bayern Munich interested in his signature.

“We know Madrid want him and he wants to play there,” his agent, Rodger Linse, told Marca newspaper. “Madrid is a dream for any footballer, including Ruud.”

Real are thought to have offered £8m but the asking price is at least £10m, with United looking for as much as £15m for the prolific striker.

Van Nistelrooy spent much of the second half of last season on the bench at Old Trafford after he fell out with manager Sir Alex Ferguson last season.

“Ruud has asked to leave and we have to consider that. Obviously I think something may happen,” said Ferguson.

“Real Madrid have shown interest and Bayern Munich have shown interest.

“I think another club have shown interest but David Gill is going to fill me in on that one.”

Real’s new manager Fabio Capello is confident Van Nistelrooy will be a success in Spain.

“Van Nistelrooy has done well at all the clubs he has played for,” he told Spanish television station Antena 3.

“He has scored a lot of goals and he is a striker who can succeed at Madrid.”

Van Nistelrooy was a £19m signing from PSV Eindhoven in 2001 and has scored 150 goals in 218 appearances.