REAL MADRID could be about to move ahead of Manchester United in the race for Andre Silva.
Reports in Germany indicate the LaLiga giants are willing to allow Luka Jovic to sign for Eintracht Frankfurt permanently in a player-plus-cash deal.
Silva, 25, has smashed 26 goals for the Bundesliga club this season after signing from AC Milan.
Long tipped to become one of Europe’s top forwards, he has earned the attention of several prospective buyers.
United are said to be among them along with Borussia Dortmund, who could become particularly keen if Erling Haaland leaves.
SunSport revealed in February that the Red Devils are pondering a £30m offer if Edinson Cavani leaves for free.
But Madrid have entered the race with a unique offer, according to Bild, and are the preferred destination for Silva.
Serbian striker Jovic, 23, made his name with Eintracht before a £52m move to Real in 2019.
After a poor season which saw him net just two goals, the player was loaned back to Frankfurt and could remain with the club as part of this deal.
It is said Madrid are willing to pay around £17m plus Jovic to land Silva’s signature.
The transfer may require the Serb to take a large pay cut from his rumoured £170,000-a-week wage.
And Eintracht may yet seek a bigger fee for Silva if the side, currently fourth in the table, qualify for the Champions League.
It has been mooted that the Portugal international is available through a release clause for just £26m, something the player’s camp has denied.
Agent Hendrik Schauerte told Bild last week: “Of course, at the current time of the season, the speculation will not decrease, we are not guided by that.
“Andre is totally focused and wants to secure the Champions League places with Eintracht.”
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