Bernabeu star has been allowed to leave and Old Trafford could be his next stop.
Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra will snub offers from Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal and move to Manchester United.
The 26-year-old has been given permission by manager Jose Mourinho to look for a new club as he will only be given a squad player role next season.
The France international is desperate for regular first-team football, and despite playing 26 La Liga games, he will not get this at the Bernabeu.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has turned to Diarra after enquiries about Yann M’Vila of Rennes and Roma’s Daniele De Rossi fell on deaf ears.
The Red Devils face competition from Juventus for the midfield enforcer, but Diarra has already stated his desire to return to England, according to the Metro.
Real are rumoured to be planning to offer Diarra to Spurs as part of a player-plus-cash deal for Brazilian star Sandro.
Diarra was tempted to be reunited with Harry Redknapp, after working together at Portsmouth, and was also offered the chance to return to the Emirates but has now set his heart on a move to the Premier League champions.