Manchester United’s Ruud van Nistelrooy has passed a medical at Real Madrid and is expected to complete his move to the Bernabeu later today.
Madrid announced on their website that the 30-year-old has agreed a three-year contract, but did not disclose the fee.
“I am very happy to be at the best club in the world where I want to score many goals,” the Dutch striker told the Real Madrid official website.
“To come here is a football dream and it has finally become reality.”
Real Madrid club doctor Alfonso del Corral said Van Nistelrooy had sailed through his medical.
“We’ve done all the tests and he’s in good health,” said Dr Del Corral
“He has come back from the World Cup in perfect condition. A previous knee operation that he had six years ago is fine and two or three years ago he had groin surgery but is showing no signs of a recurrence of the injury.
“We consider him in perfect condition to sign for Real Madrid and we’ve given him the all-clear.”
There had been speculation that United’s asking price had cooled Real’s interest in the Dutch striker, but reports on Thursday said Real would now pay about £10.2m.
“It is wonderful to be here, a fantastic feeling,” added Van Nistelrooy.
“I am very moved at being presented today and then travelling to Austria.
“When Real Madrid come looking, you do not have to think because they are the number one.
“When I look at their history and their players I am very touched because they have many important names.”
In their statement, Madrid said: “Real Madrid announce they have an agreement with Manchester United for the transfer of the player Ruud van Nistelrooy.
“The player will be contracted with the club for the next three seasons.
“He will undergo a medical on Friday morning and will be presented in the evening at 7pm at the Palco de Honor at the Santiago Bernabeu.”
Van Nistelrooy will link up with former United team-mate David Beckham at the Bernabeu.
Van Nistelrooy said the partnership with Beckham was one of the major reasons he chose Real over Bayern Munich.
“When Beckham left United I was very sad both on a personal level and because of the way we connected on the pitch,” he said.
“They were wonderful times that I hope will now be repeated in Madrid.”
Van Nistelrooy also picked out Brazilian striker Ronaldo as another player he was looking forward to playing alongside.
“I have a great desire to play with Ronaldo. He is a phenomenon. His goal record speaks for itself,” he added.
The striker also praised new Real coach Fabio Capello.
“I’ve always wanted to be able to train with him,” he said.
“When I was at PSV he kept trying to sign me. He’s followed me for many years and it’s fantastic that we can now work together.”