Real Madrid plan to travel to Germany in the coming days to continue to negotiate the signing of Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund, sources have told ESPN, although Manchester City still haven't given up on signing the player.
ESPN reported earlier this month that Madrid were feeling optimistic about their chances of beating City to the signing of the England international after encouraging conversations with the midfielder's entourage.
Some reports in Spain claimed that an initial agreement had been reached and that City had dropped out of the race, believing it was a lost cause.
However sources told ESPN that a deal had not yet been agreed, and the Premier League club remain in the hunt for the 19-year-old, with doubts over whether Madrid and Dortmund will be able to strike a deal.
Madrid are keen to add Bellingham to their squad to continue the renewal of their midfield, having brought in young stars Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga to play alongside veterans Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in recent seasons.
Bellingham has emerged as one of the outstanding young talents in European football in his three years at Dortmund.