Milan:AC Milan has reached a deal with Real Madrid to sign striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, ending the player's unhappy eight-month spell with the Spanish club.
The Dutch forward was expected to travel to Milan later Thursday for a medical and to sign his new contract, Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said.
"We have a deal with Real Madrid," Galliani told Italy's Sky Sport 24 TV channel. "All that's missing is the player's medical exams and the economic agreement with the player."
Galliani did not disclose details of the deal with Madrid, saying only that Huntelaar would not be on loan but would transfer permanently to Milan.
Spanish sports daily Marca reported Thursday that Milan was prepared to pay between euro15 million ($21.6 million) and euro18 million ($26 million) for Huntelaar in a deal welcomed by Madrid, which is keen to offload players before the start of the season.
Madrid confirmed late Wednesday that negotiations with the Italian club were ongoing but added that an agreement had yet to be reached.
Madrid has spent euro254 million ($365 million) on eight players including Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka since Florentino Perez returned to the club presidency in June
So far, the club has raised a reported euro15 million ($21.6 million) through the sales of Javier Saviola and Javi Garcia to Benfica and Daniel Parejo to Getafe.
Expected to follow Huntelaar out of Madrid is his compatriot Rafael van der Vaart. There are doubts over the futures of three more Dutchmen _ Ruud van Nistelrooy, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder _ together with Mali's Mahamadou Diarra.
Huntelaar, who turns 26 next week, made only 13 first-team starts after joining Madrid from Ajax for euro20 million ($28.8 million) in December when Ramon Calderon was the Spanish club's president.
However, a miscalculation by Madrid meant Huntelaar was ineligible to play in the second stage of the Champions League. Madrid was unaware that clubs could only field one new player who had played in European competition earlier in the season. Midfielder Lassana Diarra, the team's other transfer window signing, was picked instead.
Madrid recently agreed to transfer Huntelaar to Stuttgart for a reported fee of euro18 million ($26 million) but the Netherlands' striker rejected the move and the deal collapsed.