Having spent over £80 million this summer, Real are anxious to recoup some of their outlay and know that Baptista is the most valued of their fringe players. Real coach Bernd Schuster would prefer to keep the Brazilian, but cannot guarantee regular football with the likes of Raul, Guti, Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben all ahead of him in the pecking order.

Real are also set to send Brazil international left-back Marcelo to Real Valladolid on-loan. Fellow fringe players Esteban Granero, Antonio Bueno and Adrian are also expected to be sent away on temporary deals.