Manchester United have been handed a massive blow in their pursuit of Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi according to report.
The highly talented striker was linked with a move to Old Trafford last summer but Jose Mourinho opted to sign Romeru Lukaku from Everton.
Icardi is currently one of the most sought after striker in Europe with the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and United seeking for his signature.
The Italy international has been prolific in the front of goal post this season. He has found the back of the net 18 times in 20 Serie A appearances this term compared to his 24 goals in 34 matches last season.
Report according to Diario Gol now has it that the Inter Milan forward is set to become Real Madrid first January signing after under-going secret medicals with the La Liga giants.
Madrid are currently struggling in the La Liga. They are 16 points behind rival and league leaders Barcelona and they want to strengthen their attack to bridge the gap.
French striker Karim Benzema has struggled for forms in recent years and the Spanish club wants to sell him now.
They have identified Icardi as a potential replacement for the France international.
Icardi joined Inter Milan in 2013 from Serie A side Sampdoria. Since his arrival at San Siro, the 24-year old striker has been a force to reckon with.