Real Madrid may now listen to offers for Denis Cheryshev, with Villarreal extremely keen to sign the winger on a permanent basis.
The future of Russian winger Denis Cheryshev has been under question of late, following an excellent 2014-15 campaign on loan at Villarreal, which has lead to speculation Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez wants to give him opportunities, whilst Liverpool have also been strongly linked with interest.
According to El Periodico Mediterraneo, the strong desire for Villarreal to have the 24-year-old back at El Madrigal, for the 2015-16 season and beyond if possible, has taken a serious leap forward.
They report that Villarreal president Fernando Roig is prepared to splash out, on what would be an important investment for his club. A fee of just under €11 million has been the figure suggested, that he'll need to outlay.
Playing in the favour of Villarreal, should they make a firm offer, is Real Madrid recovering Lucas Vazquez from Espanyol this week, who plays in a similar role to Cheryshev, meaning the Russian could be definitively surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu.
This could lead to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez being willing to cash in, so he can invest the money gained from selling Cheryshev, into other transfer plans his club has proposed this summer.
Cheryshev hasn't hidden his views on the possibility of returning to Villarreal either. He specifically highlighted how comfortable he felt at the club, plus his great enjoyment of the season he'd spent at El Madrigal, upon his departure at the end of the campaign.
Indeed, such was his level of affection for Villarreal, he indicated that if the opportunity to return presents itself, it would be his first option, even whilst acknowledging the reported interest from Liverpool.
For certain, it won't be an easy move for Villarreal to make, if they intend to make the signing of Cheryshev permanent, but it is believed they're prepared to make him one of the highest paid players in their squad, along with the offer of a five-year contract.