Real Madrid are reportedly considering whether to buy back Espanyol defender and Spain new boy Mario Hermoso in January.
According to Marca, Los Blancos can repurchase Hermoso for €7.5m and are weighing up a deal as Jesus Vallejo continues to struggle with injuries.
The 23-year-old joined Espanyol in the summer of 2017, having played for Madrid Castilla, and has gone on to become a mainstay in their backline.
He also received his first-ever call-up to the Spain squad for their games against Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina next week.
However, the newspaper warns Espanyol need the money to balance their books, having also sold Aaron Martin to German side Mainz.
Marca adds Los Merengues have competition, with Arsenal having scouted Hermoso ‘several times’ and boss Unai Emery a ‘big fan’.
Asked about a possible return to the Santiago Bernabeu, the stopper said: “Our football is very attractive and we have an exceptional group, so it hasn’t even crossed my mind right now.
“One of my characteristics has always been to be very ambitious. I don’t like putting a ceiling above myself. I’ve always believed in myself and my qualities.”
The Catalans are second in La Liga after just two defeats from 11 games and only eight goals conceded.