Emmanuel Adebayor will travel to Madrid this morning for a medical that should pave the way for the Manchester City striker to join Real on loan for the rest of the season.
The Spanish giants have confirmed they have an option to buy the 26-year-old Togolese, should he perform as hoped over the next few months.
However, even if he fails to secure a permanent transfer to Jose Mourinho's side, it is difficult to see Adebayor (below) playing for City again.
Initially a massive hit following his £25million move from Arsenal 18 months ago -- he scored in his first four games for City -- Adebayor's star faded after Roberto Mancini replaced Mark Hughes as City manager.
By the end of last season it had already become apparent that the striker could no longer command a regular place for the Eastlands outfit.
Things got no better this term and, although he scored a Europa League hat-trick against Lech Poznan in October, the arrival of Mario Balotelli shunted Adebayor further down the pecking order and he openly spoke of his desire to move elsewhere.
Monaco expressed a firm interest but were unable to come up with the cash, which left the way clear for Real -- once Jose Mourinho overcame some reservations among the Bernabeu hierarchy over his desire to bring Adebayor, who would be available for the Champions League, in as cover for Gonzalo Higuain, who is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a back injury.