Bayern Munich have reached a deal in principle to sign Real Madrid playmaker Xabi Alonso.
The German champions announced on Thursday that following negotiations with both Real and Alonso, the player will move to the Allianz Arena subject to a medical
A statement published on Bayern's official Twitter feed read: "#FCBayern confirms talks with Xabi Alonso and Real Madrid.
"The Spaniard is now expected [in Germany] for a medical."
Bayern's deputy chairman Jan-Christian Dreesen confirmed in a press conference that Alonso will undergo his medical on Thursday, while director of sport Matthias Sammer expressed his delight at the prospective arrival of the former Liverpool man.
"It [signing Alonso] was a purely sporting decision to help us immediately and raise our quality," he said.
"Alonso's constitution means he is capable of playing at the very highest level for at least another two years. We're optimistic, and our squad will be in very, very good shape."
The 32-year-old Alonso, who announced his retirement from international football after winning 114 caps for Spain on Wednesday, signed a two-year extension to his Real contract back in January.
However, he has seemingly been pushed down the European champions' midfield pecking order following the arrivals of Toni Kroos - who joined from Bayern - and James Rodriguez.
Alonso moved to Real from Liverpool in 2009 and quickly established himself as the heartbeat of a team that, under the management of Manuel Pellegrini, Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti, won La Liga, the UEFA Champions League and two Copa del Reys during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 2010 World Cup winner is set to become the second Spaniard signed by Bayern coach Pep Guardiola in this transfer window after his compatriot also recruited Alonso's former Liverpool team-mate Pepe Reina.
Alonso will be expected to help cover the long-term absence of another countryman, Javi Martinez, who suffered a cruciate ligament injury in Bayern's DFL Supercup defeat to Borussia Dortmund earlier this month.
|Montreal Impact 3 Chicago Fire 0: Piatti double sinks slumping visitors|
|Pique: This is the first time I´ve felt inferior to Real Madrid|
|Asensio: Madrid played better and deserved Supercopa title|
|Barca star Suarez to undergo tests on knee injury|
|Barca close to signing Coutinho and Dembele - Segura|
|Valverde: Madrid aren´t invincible as Barca boss laments Neymar loss|
|Zidane lauds ´spectacular´ Madrid after Supercopa triumph|
|PSG troll Barcelona over Supercopa loss to Madrid|
|Real Madrid 2 Barcelona 0 (5-1 agg): First-half Barca failings settle Supercopa|
|Champions League Review: Mertens stars as Napoli put two past Nice|
|Rodgers eyes Liverpool reunion after ´perfect´ Celtic hammer Astana|
|Demebele can´t just do whatever he wants - Dortmund team-mate Sokratis|
|Championship Review: Norwich off the mark, Sheffield Wednesday hold Sunderland|
|Celtic 5 Astana 0: Sinclair double helps put Rodgers´ men on brink of qualification|
|Sigurdsson to Everton joins Lukaku, Torres and Sterling among biggest all-Premier League deals|
|Sigurdsson completes club-record move from Swansea to Everton|
|Izquierdo granted work permit ahead of club-record Brighton switch|
|Van Persie and Babel win Netherlands recalls|
|Ronaldo brands five-match ban ´exaggerated and ridiculous´|
|Bayern in ´good rhythm´ after poor pre-season - Ancelotti|
|Van Dijk not for sale, says Southampton chairman|
|Liverpool loan Ojo to Fulham|
|Ronaldo´s appeal against five-match ban rejected|
|PSG´s Matuidi arrives in Turin to complete Juventus switch|
|Barcelona threaten legal action over Paulinho deal allegations|
|Sigurdsson undergoes Everton medical, Koeman lavishes praise|
|Boateng leaves Las Palmas for personal reasons|
|Coutinho one of the best in the world, says Liverpool team-mate Can|
|Pulisic staying at Dortmund despite Liverpool speculation|
|Gundogan not rushing Premier League comeback|
|Carlos Bacca joins Villarreal from AC Milan|
|Wenger happy Sanchez & Oxlade-Chamberlain have not followed Coutinho path|
|Newcastle land Joselu in £5m deal|
|Jese Rodriguez joins Stoke from PSG|
|No progress on Alexis Sanchez contract, admits Arsenal boss Wenger|
|Klopp excited by ´incredible´ Alexander-Arnold after starring role in Liverpool win|
|Melbourne Victory confirm Sanchez signing|
|Aston Villa fans ´carried away´ after Terry signing, says Bruce|
|Hoffenheim had ´clearer´ chances, says Nagelsmann|
|Pogba determined to win Premier League with Man Utd|
|Championship Review: Ipswich win again in dramatic fashion|
|Klopp insists Liverpool still have work to do|
|Alexander-Arnold delighted with ´dream´ goal and Liverpool win|
|Hoffenheim 1 Liverpool 2: Klopp´s men secure fine away win in Champions League|
|Iniesta to miss Supercopa de Espana decider through injury|
|No comparison between Sanchez and Costa - Wenger|
|West Brom sign Barry to fill Fletcher void|
|Girona 1 Manchester City 0: Gundogan returns in friendly defeat|
|Balotelli a big loss but Nice are still dangerous, warns Napoli boss Sarri|
|Nothing is impossible - Barca and Valverde prepared to attack Madrid|
|Roberto and Samper in Valverde´s future Barca plans|
|Busquets hits out at Barcelona´s Segura over Pique blame|
|Fiorentina sign winger Dias from Monaco|
|S*** happens - Guidetti frustrated but determined after operation|
|Lawrence leaves Leicester for Derby in reported £7m deal|
|City´s Ederson proud of Brazil call-up|
|Bonucci targeting Champions League title at Milan|
|Buffon, Messi, Ronaldo up for UEFA Men´s Player of the Year award|
|Real Madrid US tour woes never worried Zidane|
|Arda agent denies deal with Galatasaray|
|Something is up - Real Madrid boss Zidane questions Ronaldo ban|
|Coutinho exit would be awful for Liverpool, admits Firmino|
|Ronaldo ban excessive, says Real Madrid defender Carvajal|
|Sammer sees Kimmich as leader for Bayern and Germany|
|That´s why Rooney´s in my fantasy team - Everton keeper Pickford delights in hero´s return|
|Dembele wasn´t ready for Barca last year, says ex-Bayern director|
|Mkhitaryan: Lindelof will prove his worth at Man United|
|Socceroos trio Jedinak, Spiranovic and Smith return ahead of qualifiers|
|Everton to buy house for homeless teenagers|
|Klopp has no say in Coutinho saga amid Barca speculation|
|Klopp unhappy as Can contract talks stall|
|Jack Wilshere makes comeback from leg fracture for Arsenal Under-23s|