The BBC has reported that the Croatia midfielder, 26, arrived in Spain on Monday for a medical before signing a five-year contract.
Inj the meantime, Real Madrid's troubled start to the season continued when the champions squandered the lead and slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at city rivals Getafe on Sunday to slip five points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona.
Reuters reports that the rare domestic reverse for Jose Mourinho's side, who were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Valencia last weekend, ended a 24-match unbeaten run in the league, their longest in 15 years.
And AC Milan Vice Pesident Adriano Galliani is trying to squeeze in a one-year loan for Kaka in lieu of a sale in order to avoid paying the requisite transfer fee.
According to Real Madrid manager, Jose Mourinho, the Brazilian playmaker is not of vital importance in his plans for the season. Mourinho left him out for the Spanish Super Cup match at Barcelona, and also for La Liga match at Getafe.
NDTV Sports reports that Barca appeared set for their first defeat under coach Tito Vilanova, who was sent from the dug-out for complaining to the referee midway through the second half, before Messi came to the rescue.
Barcelona captain Carles Puyol will undergo further tests today to determine the extent of the fractured right cheekbone he suffered during last night's 2-1 Primera Division win at Osasuna.
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