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Spanish Primera beckons: Nistelrooy for Galacticos!

Manchester United's Dutch international Ruud van Nistelrooy will move to Real Madrid for a transfer fee of $18 million.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2006 18:00 IST

Manchester United's Dutch international Ruud van Nistelrooy was on Wednesday due to finalise his 18 million dollars transfer to Real Madrid,

Marca

sports daily reported.

"Real Madrid will announce the transfer of Van Nistelrooy," Marca wrote of the man who would be Real's first signing of the summer.

"An agreement has been reached for 14 million euros," Marca added, saying the Spanish side's sporting director Pedja Mijatovic would go to England to tie up the details.

"It will be the first transfer of the Fabio Capello era." Capello is coaching the nine-times European champions for a second time after leaving Juventus.

Van Nistelrooy, just turned 30, lost his place at Old Trafford in the final quarter of the season as he fell out with manager Sir Alex Ferguson and was also a spectator as Holland went out of the World Cup to Portugal.

But Real see a man, who hit 95 goals in 150 appearances for the Reds in five years after signing from PSV Eindhoven, as key to bringing them their first silverware since 2003.