Real Madrid have lost out on the signing of Ousmane Diomande, with Newcastle United set to pay his €80 million release clause in June, according to A Bola.
The Spanish giants had been tracking the 19-year-old Ivory Coast international for several months, as they looked to strengthen their defensive options.
Diomande has been in impressive form for Sporting CP this season, making 33 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals.
He is seen as a potential long-term successor to David Alaba, who is out injured until at least March.
However, Newcastle’s wealthy owners are willing to pay the release clause to bring Diomande to the Premier League.
The move would be a major coup for Newcastle, who are looking to build a squad capable of challenging for European qualification.
Diomande would join a young and talented defensive line at Newcastle, which already includes Dan Burn, Fabian Schar and Jamaal Lascelles.
The loss of Diomande is a blow to Real Madrid, who are already facing a shortage of options at center-back.
Nacho Fernandez is out of contract in the summer, while Alaba is still recovering from a serious knee injury.
Real Madrid are now likely to turn their attention to other targets, such as Leny Yoro, Gonçalo Inácio and Antonio Silva.