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Arbeloa passes medical

Liverpool defender closes on move to Madrid

Arbeloa: Swapping red for white

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Alvaro Arbeloa's move to Real Madrid has moved a step closer after the defender passed a routine medical with the Spanish giants.

Liverpool have agreed a £3.5million fee with the capital club, as the 26-year-old finalises his move to Europe's heaviest summer spenders.

Arbeloa successfully completed various medical tests at the Hospital Sanitas La Moraleja and is now all set to put the final touches on a dream return to the club with whom he started his career.

Madrid's medical chief Carlos Diez told his club's website: "He (Arbeloa) has undergone a standard examination and the results of all the tests are very satisfactory.

"He is delighted to be able to play for Real Madrid, which has been his lifelong dream. He's looking forward to joining his team-mates."

After leaving the hospital, Arbeloa is to travel to the club's Bernabeu stadium to sign his five-year contract.

The Spain international, who was part of last summer's successful Euro 2008-winning squad, was on Madrid's books as a youngster before moving to Deportivo La Coruna in 2006, and then onto Liverpool six months later.