Manchester United chief scout Martin Ferguson was in Spain on Sunday to check on two games. After seeing Rayo Vallecano against Real Betis, Ferguson was at the Santiago Bernabeu to watch Real Madrid draw with Malaga.

Ferguson is understood to have been making a new check on Real midfielder Sami Khedira, who is emerging as a major target for United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Also under consideration is Malaga's 19 year-old midfielder Isco, who is on the radars of rivals Arsenal and Liverpool.