Real Madrid left back Fabio Coentrao has asked to leave the club amid reports he is close to joining Inter Milan.
Last week, we reported, along with other news outlets, that the Portuguese was attracting the interest of the Italian giants. And now Cadena Ser says the defender has formally submitted a request to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.
Inter boss Roberto Mancini has apparently made it clear the 27-year-old would be a first team starter and has told club officials to press ahead with a deal.
While Coentrao has had to settle largely for a place on the bench in the past couple of seasons, the 10-time Champions League winners are still thought to be reluctant to let him go as they would have little time to find a replacement.
Should a deal be agreed between the two clubs it would be the second one in recent weeks with Mateo Kovacic switching the San Siro for the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this week.
Coentrao has attracted plenty of interest in the past couple of seasons. He was close to a move to Manchester United in 2013 but that collapsed at the last minute. His former side Benfica have also retained a long-term interest in taking him back to Portugal.